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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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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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Welcome

Welcome to the Teen Encounters discussion section. We hope to post information and host discussions on topics critical to teens, parents, educators, and helping professionals supporting families with teens experiencing challenges. Your comments and feedback are the life blood of

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