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a meeting of people to develop mutual understanding by freely expressing emotions

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One of the psychologists involved with the Austin encounter groups called these recreations "conscious dreams," a way of revisiting traumatic events without stirring up the overwhelming feelings they encompassed.
In encounter groups that use storytelling, group participants share their life stories, without interruption, within the context of the conflict being discussed, and then reflect together, as a group, on possible personal-social-cultural-political meanings that the story and experiences have.
Encounter groups represent the most significant, non-military Jewish presence in Palestinian areas of the West Bank since before the second intifada.
She presents 40 chapters, written by academics and practitioners, that profile some positive examples of such projects, which "range from educational endeavors and cultural activities to academic and public forums, art and filmmaking, interfaith events, dialogue and encounter groups, research and just fun.
Of course the resort cleaned up its act to became the Esalen Institute, home of "the American awakening" and birthplace of the "human potential" movement where the attractions of Zen manifested themselves in Rolfing, meditation, and encounter groups.
But when a heroin addict kicked drugs after participating in Dederich's brutally confrontational encounter groups, the founder and other members began living communally and promoting Synanon as an addiction cure.
Some women wanted less hostility in the encounter groups, others wanted more female-only encounter groups, and still others wanted to keep parts of the program coed to help them learn how to relate to the opposite sex in nonsexual ways.
Rogers led scores of encounter groups in professional, business, religious, medical, academic, personal growth, and organizational settings.
In his depiction of the deteriorating social impulses of Americans in his bestseller Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam reminds us of three counter-trends that suggest new social power: grassroots political movements, new telecommunications possibilities (reminding us that the telephone was originally seen as a threat to the neighborhood, but merely redefined it) and the explosion of therapy and encounter groups.
She cites 50 years of examples of encounter groups, black psychotherapy, sensitivity trainings, and cultural etiquette books that arose to manage tensions in the postwar integration era.
She was in the forefront of the human potential movement, encounter groups, and group therapy in the 1960's.
Eventually she published her research and earned federal research grants that would fund the development of "Encountertapes," a series of taped lectures and activities that could guide encounter groups without a therapist-facilitator, which Berzon would use as a training tool with groups across the country.