Group Dynamics EssayWhat is â€œgroup dynamicsâ€�? Perhaps it will be most useful to start by looking at the derivation of the word â€œdynamicsâ€�. It comes from a Greek word meaning force. In careful usage the phrase, â€œgroup dynamicsâ€� refers to the forces operating in groups. The investigation of group dynamics, then, consists of a study of these forces: what gives rise to them, what conditions modify them, what consequences they have, etc. The practical application of group dynamics (or the technology of group dynamics) consists of the utilization of knowledge about these forces for the achievement of some purpose. In keeping with this definition, is not particularly novel, nor is it the exclusive property of any person or institution. It goes back at least to the outstanding work of men like Simmel, Freud, and Cooley. Although interest in groups has a long and respectable history, the past fifteen years have witnessed a new flowering of activity in this field.
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