Compulsive "helpfulness": or, how I learned to stop working so hard and love the group.

  • Mark T Sammons
  • Published 2012 in International journal of group psychotherapy


Compulsive helpfulness, an anxiety-laden need by the therapist to feel helpful, akin to the notion of rescuing others, is a potential pitfall in developing an effective psychotherapy group. It can be regarded variously: (1) as a reaction formation against feelings of boredom and frustration stimulated by such phenomena as group resistance or the enactment… (More)
DOI: 10.1521/ijgp.2012.62.3.359


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