Understanding roles: A psychodynamic model for role differentiation in groups

  • Moxnes P
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Abstract

The basic roles that emerge in groups are described in terms of a typology based on 3 biological imperatives: evaluation (i.e., good or bad), gender, and hierarchy. The mental matrix model based on these imperatives identifies 14 cardinal and emotional deep roles. The author argues that deep roles are born out of a biogenetically explicated mythic (narrative) structure of mind that is modified by early child-family interactions. In interaction with the environment, these primordial role fantasies become features of group reality. Their basis in the evolution of the human species and their imprint in folklore as well as in personality structure are illustrated. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Paul Moxnes

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