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Marriage Encounter

Marriage encounter is a two- or three-day weekend experience designed to help married couples experience a process that may lead to change for the partners as individuals and in their marital relationships. The weekend emphasizes improvement of interpersonal communication skills within the marriage. Marriage encounter is a marriage enrichment program and is not designed to serve as a vehicle for marriage counseling for individuals with serious psychological problems. It promotes the deepening of communication and emotional intimacy in marriage and, for some, can be a mystical experience of sensing the presence of God and the sacred in one another. This entry provides a brief history of the marriage encounter movement and discusses the components of the marriage encounter weekend. It then explains the psychodynamic and ...

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