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Is Amplification a Special Intervention in Group Analysis?

Eduard Klain


Amplification as a group-analysis-intervention has been neglected. Clinical experience has revealed it useful in advancing the development of the group process if used adequately and in due time. Danger of an inadequate amplification is most cases stimulated with the contratransferential problems of the therapist, and is as such in the group session presentations. The relations between resonance and amplification, just as well as the confrontation through the means of amplification are discussed in the article. The constructive and destructive effects of the amplification on formulation of the group-matrix are presented. Terms of “extended” and “distant” amplification are introduced.


amplification; resonance; confrontation; group intervention

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DOI: 10.5457/ams.v39i1.141