THE PEOPLE DYNAMIC: Changing Self and Society Through Growth Groups by

THE PEOPLE DYNAMIC: Changing Self and Society Through Growth Groups

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little book of even smaller consequence greased with impressive names -- Carl Rogers, Eric Berne, Charles Reich -- and dynamic lingo like ""caring teams,"" ""change agents,"" ""debriefings,"" ""I-it feelings,"" et cetera, et cetera. Clinebell, a ""life-affirming"" clergyman who specializes in grinding out self-help manuals (Basic Types of Pastoral Counseling, 1966; Intimate Marriage, 1970 -- with wife Charlotte), cursorily discusses growth groups for the married with ""intimacy blocks,"" play-growth groups for children, groups for singles, the recently divorced, the bereaved, and many, many more; the goal is always to ""enhance the quality of life"" and the emphasis is on ""inreach, outreach, and upreach."" And for methodology, Clinebell offers a flyblown assortment of transactional tricks, e.g., in a male/female liberation-growth group, you might try to ""See yourself in the mirror as a member of the opposite sex"" or in an all-Christian group, ""See yourself as a Jew."" Or in a growth group of reviewers weary with this kind of schlock, see yourself as Howard J. Clinebell, Jr.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1972
Publisher: Harper & Row