|Dysfunctional behaviors in group process||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (Robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 13:18:02 -0500|
I have had the wonderful experience of observing quite a bit of = dysfunctional behaviors in cohousing group process, both at home and = attending meetings from other communities. I am not being sarcastic = when I say I have had the wonderful experience. It is frustrating to = watch as my own communities process crashes from time to time, but at = least for me, it is a very valuable labratory to learn from. At Sharingwood we are blessed to have a resident family counsler who has = frequently steered members with conflicts and destructive communication = tendencies on to some more helpful courses. If we did not have this, we = clearly would need an outside mediator. We also have a committee whose = charter it is to shepard the group process and be a resource for = conflicts and communications and such issues. I encourage every forming group to create a conflict resolution process = early in your process, well before you get into any conflicts. When you = are embroiled in personality battles you may not be able to come to an = agreement about how to resolve conficts and then you are stuck in a very = vicious circle. I reccomend using an outside mediator/counsler as one = process I know of that has worked well. Pick one early, encourage at = least one group conflict resolution training session and then, when the = train wrecks happen, don't hesitate to call for help. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Where my shrink (loosely speaking) is my neighbor - and I'm so glad he = is.
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