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Group and Group Dynamics
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1. Group

A group is a number of individuals organized to fulfill a common purpose or purposes. Thus, as Wilfred Bion has commented, a crowd of sunbathers lying on a beach is not yet a group. If, though, they are aroused by the cries of a girl who is drowning and begin to cooperate in her rescue, they become a rudimentary group. All groups have purpose, structure, and dynamics. Their complexity lies in the variability and interaction of these aspects.

A group’s purposes may be few or many. They may also be explicit or tacit, conscious or unc…

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Fletcher, Wallace N., “Group and Group Dynamics”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G273>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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