Congruence and its relation to communication in client-centered therapy


Barbara T. Brodley


The purpose of this paper is to discuss Carl Rogers' concept of congruence and its relation to communication. In the communication context, the concept of congruence is sometimes misunderstood as simply "matching"-- matching symbolization to experience, or matching subjective symbolization to communication while its theoretical definition has been given insufficient attention. Communication in relation to congruence also has been misunderstood to involve saying what one is thinking or feeling in the moment.