Group analysis developed out of psychoanalysis, but kept the
fundamental principles of the latter. The classical structural
theory of the personality comprises the id that is an ego-centred
instinct, the ego that develops out of it, and the superego
representing the influences of our guardians. It presents us with a
lonely person, not a very useful image for group analysis. The
recently discovered social instinct enables us to complete the
structural theory, with an instinct based social function we call
"nos," Latin for "we." The new human paradigm gives us the social
person. We are together, not because we have to be, but because we
basically like each other, various other feelings not withstanding.
The "nos" provides us with the natural milieu to relate, and opens
the way for solving the deepest human problems.For a long time it
seemed unscientific to say that people were social, because the
altruistic person dies out and does not have the chance to
propagate its kind. The selfish person is good at survival,
therefore it seemed logical to say, that selfishness was wining
over altruism. Later on it became clear that we cannot understand
people if we look at one person alone. We live together. One person
is no person. Animals also live in communities on their own level.
After that it was easy to discover the social instinct, and the
values in it. The social instinct provides scientific foundation to
the theory of the social person.This book explores this theory in
depth and includes chapters on instinct and group analysis; the
"nos" and the social unconscious; the phenomenology of the self and
Ferenczi's main principles
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||The New International Library of Group Analysis
A. P. Tom Ormay
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