Me, my therapist and the Group…

What it means to suffer (from a disease) and then become alright? Can it happen, that the sufferer becomes alright but the therapist still considers her/him sick? If the views diverge, whose view should be given precedence- therapist’s view or the sufferer’s view? What does it mean to be healthy? whole? absence of all bacteria, all virus, all problems, all issues?

As a doctor and as a pws, I have often wondered about these questions. Over the years, I have understood the role, the big role, played by a third party- the others. The group, of which both the sufferer and the therapist may be just a part. Students of “systems theory” will have no problem with this claim, of course.

The group plays a part both in “causing” the problem and also in its eventual resolution. Why? because, we are “social animals”. Our thoughts, values, perception and even behavior is constantly shaped by “others”. I have seen this again and again- in SHGs, CommWS, NCs etc. etc.

How does “group” shape our feelings and help us come out of “dysfunctional” feelings and experiences? A group of psychologists has worked on “social therapy” as an alternative to mainstream clinical therapy. Here is how they explain it:

therapy is a particular kind of group therapy. People who are in
emotional pain, experiencing relationship or family issues, or just
feeling stuck in their lives join a community, in the form of a social
therapy group. The group — people of varied backgrounds, histories and
ages — shares responsibility for creating an environment in which
everyone can get help.

One of the powerful discoveries of social
therapy is that while we all experience pain as individuals, we get
better — we grow and develop emotionally — with others. While
traditional therapies (even group therapies) typically focus on the
individual (the “self”), social therapy focuses on the group, on being
with others — “in the world” — since, in fact, that is where we are.

 If you are running a SHG, you may benefit by reading more about socila therapy on web, including this link:

Happy exploring!


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  1. admin 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot Sachin for introducing "Social therapy". This is the 1st time I come across this kind of name though I benefited mostly from "Social Therapy" without understanding the meaning of it. You are having very amazing insight.

  2. Sachin 5 years ago

    Thanks Mani! I am learning every day something interesting on Internet! Why did we not have it 50 years ago?!!

  3. admin 5 years ago

    If Internet was there 50 years ago, we might be understood stammering better and lived happily but could not formed TISA and could not got this opportunity to help young PWS. Everything are the wishes of God.

  4. Sachin 5 years ago

    Yes.. everything seems to have turned out well…


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