Group therapy with terror-injured persons in Israel: Societal impediments to successful working through

Orit Nuttman-Shwartz, Enav Karniel Lauer, Sara Offir

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Abstract

This paper describes a group intervention with terror-injured people in Israel to show the parallels between developments in the group and Israeli society's difficulties in working through and mourning its experiences of terror. Despite the development of group cohesion and a sense of empowerment, the group members remained unable to deal with the powerful emotions stemming from the experience of terror and continued to cling to their shared identity as terror victims, irrevocably helpless and isolated from others. Without excluding other explanations, we suggest that these difficulties reflect the defense mechanisms employed by Israeli society in dealing with the threat to its survival that is implicit in the terror to which it is exposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalGroup
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Group therapy
  • Social defense mechanism
  • Terror victims

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology (all)

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