An evening with Buber’s I-Thou Relationship

Martin Buber (1878-1965) was an Austrian-Jewish theologian and philosopher whose work covered a wide range of issues and this evening will focus on his ideas on relationships—between and within individuals, religions, cultures, nations and between man and nature—and their relevance to therapy.  Buber noted that we have two ways of relating to others; I-it and I-thou. I-it is rationalistic, objectifying, individualistic, passionless and cold, whereas I-thou is intuitive, relational, sensitive and warm. 
The talk will discuss how these different ways of relating influence the therapeutic relationship, and the cognitive and emotional changes that occur when we shift from one mode of relating to the other.

Chris Meredith is an Existential psychotherapist, having attained a M.Sc. in psychology and psychotherapy.  Chris has volunteered with Thorpe Hall, YMCA and the Prison Service and is now in private practice.

Date: Monday 8 July

Time: 06:00 pm - 08:30 pm


City College Peterborough,

Brook Street



Network Meeting facilitator: Rabina Akhtar