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PLEASE TOUCH by Jane Howard. 271 pages. McGraw-Hill. $6.95.

The Human Potential Movement is a loose chain of several hundred psychological supermarkets in which a customer can buy almost anything his little hurt desires: Sensitivity Training, Interracial Encounters, Creative Divorce Workshops, Heterosexual Body Sandwiches, Nude Psychodrama, Attack Therapy, Vomit Training. The movement is already something of a force, and many psychologists would agree with Dr. Carl Rogers, one of its leading prophets, that "intensive group experiences are perhaps the most significant social invention of this century." H.P.M. is growing so fast, moreover, that the professionals can't police it and the public can't...

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