Philosophy:Encounter (psychology)

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The term "encounter", in the context of existential-humanism (like existential therapy), has the specific meaning of an authentic, congruent meeting between individuals.


Some uses of the concept of encountering:

  • Jacob L. Moreno Invitations to an Encounter, 1914
  • Martin Buber frequently uses this term and associated ideas.
  • Irvin Yalom in his book "Existential Psychotherapy".
  • Carl Rogers, in encounter groups and person-centered psychotherapy.
  • Jerzy Grotowski's notion of a "poor theatre" – "The core of the theatre is an encounter".
  • R D Laing contrasts encounter with collusion in much of his work, especially Self and Others.