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ERIC Number: EJ810497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3922
Through the Looking Glass: The Facilitation of Mirroring in Group Process
Gormley, Lane
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v33 n3 p207-220 Jul 2008
The mirror is often used as a metaphor in the therapeutic literature to explain how we see and experience ourselves through others. An examination of therapeutic mirrors, real and figurative, precedes a discussion of mirroring in group process. The reflections of self encountered by a group member in the group as a whole, in a fellow group member, or in the group leader have an impact upon group process. Undisclosed or unrecognized in group members or the group leader, mirroring can lead to discomfort, peripheral or "narrative" sharing, resistance, and the inability of one or more group participants to profit from the group experience. How group leaders can become aware of mirroring and the techniques that they can use to bring it to light as part of the healing process will be the focus of the discussion. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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