Theories Of Group Dynamics

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EXPLAIN HOW PARTICIPATING IN THERAPEUTIC GROUP ACTIVITIES CAN BENEFIT AN INDIVIDUALS IDENTITY, SELF ESTEEM AND WELL BEING. Participating in group activities can benefit an individuals identity, self esteem and well being because it gives individuals a safe and comfortable place where they can share or work out problems. It normalises things and puts like minded people together. Therefore they can identify with each other and gain an insight in how they do things and offer support or suggestions. By being part of a group the individual will feel less isolated and come to a better understanding of their own identity. Individuals who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that being…show more content…
Group dynamics is a system of behaviours that occurs between social groups. The main study of group dynamics is useful in understanding decision making behaviour. There has been many theories relating to group dynamics. Kurt Lewin( 1943, 1948, 1951) was the first one to study groups scientifically. He first used the term group dynamics to describe the way groups and individuals react in different circumstances. Based on their feelings and emotions members of a group form a common perception. William Schutz(1958, 1966,) looked at group behaviour from the perspective of three dimensions and used the terms Inclusion, control and affection. This became the foundation for the theory of group behaviour that sees groups resolving issues in each of these stages before they move on or to develop to the next stage. Bruce Tuckman(1965) however proposed a four staged model for a group. It is known as ' Tuckmans Stages. It states that the ideal group making process occurs in four stages. The first stage he called FORMING which is pretending to get on or to get on with others. It's is where the group gets to know each other,exchange personal information and also make new
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