Congruence problem in Christian communication

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Abstract

We reveal possible approaches to the interpretation of the congruence phenomenon and its projection in the Christian community. Congruence is regarded as intrapersonal and interpersonal feature. Matching and mismatching of intrapersonal and interpersonal congruence depends on the degree of integration of human personality, his attitude towards himself and others, communication skills, willingness to maintain contact or to engage in dialogue. The article emphasizes the importance of integration of Christian personality and authenticity for his progress towards spiritual growth. These types of religious persons differ in the nature of response to the sins of others, are analyzed in terms of congruence / incongruence and personality integration / disintegration.

General Information

Keywords: congruence, self-invention, humanistic psychology, personal and interpersonal congruence, sin, condemnation, forgiveness

Journal rubric: Psychology of Religion

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2014060124

For citation: Gavrilova T.P. Congruence problem in Christian communication [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie psyedu.ru [Psychological Science and Education psyedu.ru], 2014. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 209–219. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2014060124. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Tatiana P. Gavrilova, PhD in Psychology, Professor of the Department of Child and Family Psychotherapy, Faculty of Consultative and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of psychology and education (MSUPE), Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow Orthodox Institute of St. John the Theologian, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: tatpg9@rambler.ru

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