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Notes 4/18/07 Theoretical Perspectives of AA o Gellman- did an analysis of AA building on the theoretical process that Jerome Frank made up: (5 basic functions of a therapeutic group): Permissiveness Support Stimulation Verbalization Reality Testing Gellman gook those 5 basic functions and applied them to AA Permissiveness- AA allows alcoholics to feel accepted into the group. When someone first goes to an AA meeting, they are filled with guilt and anxiety, but gradually that is replaced with confidence that exists in them and in AA as an organization. Dignity will eventually replace any of the negative feelings one feels about them. Support- you find support in a couple different ways There is no judgment. There is empathy (that is where they used to be). The AA group allows people the opportunity to see a chance for change. They give them hope and show them that they can live a life without alcohol. Even after just a few days in the group, you will receive the opportunity to help someone else. This leads to a feeling of self-confidence. Stimulation and Verbalization together- occur as the group encourages self-acceptance by having newcomers identify with problems of others. Talking about one’s own problems becomes easier and newcomers are stimulated to discuss their own problems
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