Validation therapy, an interactive and group technique for people with dementia, is described Excerpts from the transcripts of 20 validation therapy groups are presented These demonstrate the surprising ability of the group members (all moderately demented) to share feelings and problems, follow a theme and utilize facilitating skills in the group setting The contrast between the group members’ behaviour outside the group and that in the group is discussed and future research is proposed The authors conclude that such groups constitute an exciting new therapy for those with dementia