Typical Responses

Usually group members initially respond to such interventions with compliance, laughter, and some embarrassment and without much processing. As the therapist continues to intervene, most members begin to see the impact of others changing their verbal habits and then they begin to enforce the norm on themselves and on others. Gradually, the negative impacts and defensive nature of this type of communication becomes clearer and is regularly challenged by group members.

In one open-ended group, "Mark" regularly complained about his wife's fear of him and minimized his own contribution to their dynamic. He would relate details of their fights using unclear pronouns so that the group became confused, frustrated, and eventually started to withdraw. My persistent pursuit of clearer language resulted in him gradually taking more ownership of his feelings and more directly expressing his frustration at group members for not understanding him. The group became able to quickly give him feedback when he was sounding quite angry and aggressive but seemed unaware of his affect. His awareness of his own anger and of the impact of his behavior and communication style increased.

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