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ERIC Number: ED016150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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POLARIZATION TO PARADOX.
BENNE, KENNETH D.
THE T-GROUP IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT MEMBERS IN REEDUCATING THEMSELVES TOWARD IMPROVED SKILL IN HUMAN RELATIONS. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO DEVELOP THEIR GROUP TOWARD CONSENSUS WHICH WILL SUPPORT THE PERSONAL GROWTH AND LEARNING OF EACH MEMBER, AND THEN, THROUGH ANALYSIS, EVALUATE HUMAN EVENTS THAT OCCUR IN THIS PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT. THE TRAINER DENIES THE ROLE OF AUTHORITY AND TRIES ONLY TO HELP THE GROUP ORGANIZE, CONDUCT, AND EVALUATE THEIR OWN PROJECTS. SOCIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OBSERVED ARE (1) THE DIFFICULTY IN INTEGRATING GOALS IN THE ABSENCE OF EXTERNALLY ASSIGNED TASKS, (2) THE TENSION CREATED BY COMPETING AUTHORITIES DURING CRISES IN THE GROUP LIFE, AND (3) CLARIFICATION OF THE GROUP'S OWN EXPERIENCES. SOME POLARIZATION (DIVISION INTO OPPOSING FACTIONS) TAKES PLACE OVER SUCH MATTERS AS GOALS. FURTHER EXPERIENCE TENDS TO CONVERT THE POLARIZATION INTO A PARADOX, WHICH CAN BE HANDLED CREATIVELY, BUILDING AGREEMENT. THIS DOCUMENT IS INCLUDED IN EDUCATION FOR TRAGEDY BY KENNETH D. BENNE WHICH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY PRESS, LEXINGTON. IT ALSO APPEARED IN T GROUP THEORY AND LABORATORY METHOD, BY LELAND P. BRADFORD AND OTHERS. WILEY, NEW YORK, N.Y., 1964. (RT)
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