Archive - Mar 5, 2011

Groups

Today, I participated in a panel at the American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference on what social media means for group psychotherapy. I had a good time, even thought it was a short session, and I hope people got a lot out of it.

There is a lot I could write about the day, getting up early, walking through New York, what I did afterward. Maybe when I have a little more time, I will.

However, I wanted to think for a moment about the groups I am in. Of course, for most of us the first group we belong to is our family. For some the focus might be more on the nuclear family, for others it might be more extended, but it is a group we start with. We are members of groups tied to our education. I am a member of a small group of people that went to Broad Brook school in the mid sixties. I am a member of a larger group of people that went to Mount Greylock Regional High School in the seventies. Some of these group ties are fairly weak now, others remain fairly strong.

As I think about social media, there are about 2900 different groups that I am part of in Twitter. For each person that I follow, I am a member of the group of followers of that person. Some of these groups might be small or median sized groups. Some might be large groups, or even beyond what people in Group Therapy think about as large groups. Likewise, I’m in around1900 different friends groups on Facebook. These are different than the official Facebook groups, but they have their own characteristics.

Another group that I am part of is those who have not crossed Brooklyn Ferry. I’ve walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, I’ve sailed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, but I never took a ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan. On the one hand, this group might seem so large that it is meaningless. A smaller group is those who have read Walt Whitman’s poem about Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.

And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.

Well, I have crossed from shore to shore years hence, but not on the ferry. Yet with Whitman, it is a group in my meditations.

So, what groups are you part of?

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