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MGM EU Study Group
October 2021 Theme:
– Working With Aggression – Making the Environment Matter Again
- ‘SOMATIC EXPERIENCE – CHAPTER 8 – ‘Rough & Tumble’ – pages 98-112.
SELF EXAMINATION – CHAPTER 5 – ‘Finding A Mind Of One’s Own’ – pages 63-79.
PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS – ‘Reaction Formation’ – pages 140-141; ‘Aggression-inward’ – page 239.
CASE FORMULATION – REVIEW – CHAPTER 6 – ‘Assessing Affects’ – pages 102 – 121;
The essential expression of aggression is communicating to the other, “I am here, you be here, too!”
The functions of aggression are to force the environment to respond, to make the environment be reliable, and to claim a space for one’s self to exist.
In the therapeutic process:
- Our clients want the therapeutic work itself to stand up to their own distrust of the process, not just the therapeutic relationship.
- Our clients want the therapeutic work itself to stand up to their own anxiety about the processes they are going through.
“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.”
– William Butler Yeats
i lost my temper
temper, when one speaks of metal,
temper, for humans,
today i found my temper.
you step on my head
for 27 years you step on my head
and though i have been trained
to excuse you for your inevitable
today i think
i prefer my head to your clumsiness.
today i began
to find myself.
perhaps I will begin
susan sutheim, 1969