Training groups (T-groups) are emotionally intensive small-group experiences where members learn to approach relationships with increased openness and flexibility. The group process is the primary vehicle for learning as the discussion content generates valuable data for group members to critique and analyze. Throughout the process, members become more aware of the complex social dynamics that underlie human relationships and develop a broader range of interpersonal skills that generalize beyond the group setting. On completion of a T-group, participants often report increased awareness, increased empathy for others, better communication skills, and more satisfying interpersonal relationships. Former members are also more likely to view personal growth as a valuable endeavor, use humor to resolve conflicts, and generally regard the group as an important life experience.

Historical Context

Although various ...

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