Sensitivity training groups provide training in a small-group setting for people who want to gain greater awareness and understanding of themselves and of their relationships with others. In contrast to psychotherapy groups, in which people seek relief through therapeutic intervention from an emotional disturbance (such as depression), sensitivity training groups generally involve people who are healthy yet have a desire for personal growth. Examples of problem areas in which growth is often sought include shyness, talkativeness, inability to express anger, and discomfort with emotional closeness.

Understanding sensitivity training groups is important because their focus on healthy individuals has widespread societal applicability. These groups are offered by organizations and agencies to help members of a community learn how to better understand and appreciate differences in other people. ...

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