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groups of people, often in some distress, set up for mutual support and assistance towards renewed psychological health. Self-help groups are part of the general group-therapy movement, and though having a group leader, or facilitator, is not regarded as obligatory it is usual to have one. The emphasis is on sharing a common experience and current emotions, and it is through this sharing and the deeper understanding of SELF and others it brings, that the healing process takes place. Such groups are commonly found in work with the bereaved, and with sufferers from eating disorders and alcoholism. See also SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY.