a group of people who meet, usually with a trained leader, to increase self-awareness and social sensitivity, and to change behavior through interpersonal confrontation, self-disclosure, and strong emotional expression.
a group of people who meet in order to develop self-awareness and mutual understanding by openly expressing their feelings, by confrontation, physical contact, etc
encounter group en·coun·ter group (ěn-koun’tər)
A psychotherapy group in which the participants try to increase their sensitivity and gain insight into their emotions by expressing their own emotions and responding to the emotions of others in the group.
A method of psychotherapy developed in the 1960s, in which a small group of people engages in intensive interactions to increase self-awareness and improve interpersonal relations. Group members are encouraged to be completely honest and open, reacting to one another with their immediate feelings, while exploring the entire range of emotions.
Note: Often associated with the radical social upheaval of the 1960s, encounter groups have been criticized for their potentially damaging effects, because many groups are led by people not professionally trained in psychotherapy.
encephalocele en·ceph·a·lo·cele (ěn-sěf’ə-lō-sēl’) n. A congenital gap in the skull that usually results in a protrusion of brain material. Also called bifid cranium, cephalocele, craniocele.
1. a combining form meaning “brain,” used in the formation of compound words: encephalograph. combining form 1. indicating the brain: encephalogram, encephalitis encephalo- or encephal- pref. Brain: encephalitis.
- Encephalitis periaxialis diffusa
encephalitis periaxialis diffusa encephalitis per·i·ax·i·a·lis dif·fu·sa (pěr’ē-āk’sē-ā’lĭs dĭ-fyōō’sə) n. See Schilder’s disease.
[en-kur-ij-muh nt, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ mənt, -ˈkʌr-/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. something that : Praise is the greatest encouragement. n. 1560s, from encourage + -ment, or from Middle French encoragement. As a general rule, Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of […]