- the first stage of Goodman's contact-withdrawal cycle. The self functions primarily in the id mode (sensation, excitement). Pre-Contact is often disturbed, even absent, in psychotics.
Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.