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Please Touch: A Guided Tour of the Human Potential Movement (A Delta book) Paperback – 1971


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Product Details

  • Series: A Delta book
  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Pub. Co (1971)
  • ASIN: B0006VUQ6G
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,950,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Protector on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sadly the author has passed. However she attended and assessed Esalen in its hayday. She appeared to approach it as an investigative NY Times journalist with aggression. As she spent time there , she seemed to soften and accept their life approach. Highly recommended as a review of Esalen and to the credit of a great journalist who kept an open mind. If only we could see more journalists like this. Read the book and try a week at Esalen - it might change your life !
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Format: Hardcover
The author wrote in the Preface to this 1970 book (which was written when the "Human Potential Movement" was really coming into full swing), "This book tells of a year of my life. It is about my reactions to the efforts of some social scientists (and a good many other people as well) to provide us all with new ways to see and hear and leap and sing---and, in several senses of the word, to touch one another."

She describes in 16+ chapters her experiences in a wide variety of groups, such as "Sensitivity Training for Couples," Synanon, a "Nude Sensitivity Training Workshop," Esalen, "Interracial Workshops," various "encounter groups," etc.

She only attends each briefly, so this is definitely a "high-level" overview of the field, but her impressions are interesting, and this was definitely an interesting period of time to have investigated such groups.
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