Importance Of Group Cohesion

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Cohesion among group members is extremely important. However, group cohesion is particularly crucial during the working stage. This stage will either reveal progress and movement or stagnation and resistance. Because such dynamics are not a fixity, a group 's progress can move between stages. However, during the working stage, it is ideal that group members display progress and movement. Togetherness, harmony, and unity are characteristics that best describe cohesion. A commonality between each of these characteristics is trust. In contrast, disharmony and disconnection describe fragmentation. The commonality between these dynamics is a lack of trust. Typically, group members will have difficulty feeling harmonious and/or together if …show more content…
The calm acceptance of the environment resulted in my cathartic self-disclosing moment. This cathartic moment is significant because it correlates with the homework. I was to write up a list of things I give myself permission to do. After the death of my mother, I stopped writing poetry and being active in creative arts. The discontinuation resulted in a multitude of questions regarding grief, the grieving process and the cessation of my creative side. The homework presented a duel agenda which was addressing my lack of writing and inability to give self-permission to grieve. At first, I was reluctant to read the list because I avoid crying. Of course, there is potential for a lot of crying in addressing the death of a parent. My assumptions were that I’d cry profusely, so the thought of processing my mother 's death was terrifying. Also, a fear of monopolizing group time intervened, however, the group leaders demeanor was reassuring that it was okay to begin my work. Subsequently, our group leader was very direct in addressing and challenging this reluctance. In particular, she was very direct in asking me to explain what the word eventually means? Instead of simply proceeding to the homework, I began retelling the story of my difficulty with crying and wanting to eventually move forward. My statements were deflecting and …show more content…
Corey et al (2008) suggest that homework is more effective when the member is active in deciding what is best to do. Although the group leader can make suggestions, ultimately it is the group member who knows what homework is realistic in addressing their issue and meeting their goal. My interest was piqued after researching the effectiveness of the empty chair technique. However, I realized that professionally I’d have difficulty assisting a client presenting issues with grief. The difficulty to go inward and allow self to be vulnerable will continue if left to

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