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A group of people who meet to gain psychological benefit through close contact with one another.
- ‘These groups include community groups (e.g., encounter groups and marathon groups) and educational groups.’
- ‘In the 70s, women's protest marches, encounter groups and sexual liberation all made their mark on society.’
- ‘I was torn between running an encounter group and running Poetry Project.’
- ‘I've been on a lot of encounter groups for men, retreats, kind of thing, but they were mostly chanting and howling and recovering memories of parental neglect.’
- ‘Being in heaven is like participating in a not especially intellectually rigorous self-help encounter group.’
- ‘Instead, increasingly it operates as a sort of soggy electronic encounter group.’
- ‘Taylor says: ‘Women have turned the office into an encounter group.’’
- ‘To aid the healing process, he joins a divorced and separated encounter group, where others in a similar situation seek solace in each other's company.’
- ‘I'm not talking about a touchy-feely encounter group approach or a hand-holding session.’
- ‘At the end of basic training, the 19 soldiers in his unit were made to undergo a kind of encounter group session.’
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