Pronunciation: (kon'shus-nis-rā"zing), [key]
1. Psychol.a group-therapy technique in which the aim is to enhance the participants' awareness of their particular needs and goals as individuals or as a group.
2. any method for increasing interpersonal awareness or sensitivity by teaching people to experience a situation or point of view radically different from their own: The women's group has tried to change macho attitudes through consciousness-raising.
3. an act or instance of increasing the awareness of one's own or another's needs, behavior, attitudes, or problems.
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