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Maturity and Growth, Part 2

Do you believe that all human beings, including teens, need love, belonging, to be related to others, and have a sense of competence and self-esteem BEFORE they can fully function? Some people think that this is nonsense, and that the

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Maturity and Growth, Part 1

How many of us, as parents, really stop to think about setting up an optimal family environment in which our teens can grow and mature? I strongly believe that most parents pass along our own heritage to our kids: We

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Contact and Growth – Part 1

As I take in my morning cup of coffee, and reflect upon this last weekend’s encounter group experience, I find myself thinking through the usual questions about the purpose of our group, and what we are “supposed” to do together.

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“What are Encounter Groups?”

As a participant in a group encounter weekend, I wanted to give each of us a better understanding of the purpose, the approach, and flow of our experience together. Initially, I would like to discuss a source of man’s needs

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What is not mature: confluence

I thought that, rather than starting with a description of maturity as end-gain, I would describe some aspects of immaturity. By immature, I mean to suggest that a person is not availing himself to life in the fullest sense: He

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Faith over love?

How would you rank them? Do you have to choose? Again – from “Group-Centered Leadership” by Thomas Gordon. At Teen Encounters, a lot of our focus is on love and understanding of another. Dave

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Is Teen Encounters faith-based?

It might be helpful to peruse two pages from “Group-Centered Leadership” by Thomas Gordon. Here faith-based individuals find their particular orientations and demarkations fading with deep understanding of other humans beings.

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Maturity

This week I hope to post an article about maturity. Fritz Perls (Gestalt) once described mature as “ripened”. In the sense of a plant, we can envision a seed developing to its full potential, uninhibited in its process of growth.

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