Participating in a median group generates a tremendous potential for change and development in professional, social and personal spaces
What is a Median Group
The Median Group was first developed by Pat de Maré (1990) and is actually the evolution of Foulkes' analytic group. It is located in the intermediate space between the small group and the large group, closer to the social context. According to Pat de Maré, an Analytic Median Group is a humanizing society creating a space in which we can explore and be in dialogue with major forces that shape our personality and identity.
An Analytic Median Group consists of an optimal number of participants between 12 and 30, which characterizes groups in many sectors of life, such as work teams, training groups, study and training spaces, social and political bodies, and more.
What characterizes an Analytic Median Group
An Analytic Median Group is characterized by a dialogue that evolves in the group with the outside, enabling the internal dialogue of the participants to be reorganized. The individual learns to know himself through the reactions he inspires in others and the image that is transmitted back to him (mirroring). Unconscious aspects of the self are revealed through interaction and dialogue with others. The individual reveals himself and becomes distinguished by constant comparison with the different and similar between him and the others, and the discovery of unconscious parts of himself out of the interaction in the broad structure of the group. The dialogue is a transformative process that transforms what is not logical into something meaningful and understood.
What does the work of the Analytic Median Group focus on
The work of the Analytic Median Group focuses on the connections, the links formed between the members of the group, the reflections of these members in the hall of mirrors created by them, the various levels of communication contents that resonate in the group, the ways the members of the group integrate in the society in which they live, the social unconscious reflected in communications in the group matrix that is being formed, and more. The work principles are similar to those of Foulkes in the small group, but they are implemented in a wider setting and their meaning is great and deep.
What is the benefit of working in Analytic Median Group
Working in an Analytic Median Group – in comparison to working in a small analytic group that forms a familiar / intimate space – has enormous potential for change and development for its members in many spheres of life: professional, social and personal. This is a work that creates a space for discussion and deepening, as well as for strengthening and expanding the ability for a unique personal and individual expression, while developing mental flexibility and the ability to integrate into contemporary society and network culture, that is characterized by uncertainty and rapid changes.
In Israel there are almost no Analytic Median Groups compared to European countries such as Italy, England, Germany, Portugal and others. This intermediate space, which is personal, social and civic at the same time, is a space worthy of development, especially in Israeli culture, which focuses on extremes, namely familiarity at one pole and nationalism at the other. This intermediate space is important to all of us, because that is where we live, work, operate and create in the most significant parts of our lives.
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