Out of Touch (1971)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Interpersonal Relationships, Psychology, Sociology  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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In the early '70s, quite a few documentary films about group encounter sessions were made, though none of them made much of a splash at the box office. This Canadian documentary film, which includes some uncredited actors among the participants, shows highlights from a 36-hour marathon encounter session, conducted by psychologist Paul Bindrim. The distinctive feature of sessions such as this one is that, at some point during the encounter, participants are encouraged to remove all their clothes, on the theory that this defuses their defenses. Bindrim is said to have originated this therapeutic technique, and for that reason this film is possibly of some historical interest.



encounter-group, group-therapy, highlights, inhibition, nudity, psychotherapy