I've felt challenged this week while reading the works of Rollo May, a Christian minister–turned psychologist. Specifically what resonated with me was when he speaks about the classical distinction between knowing and knowing about another existing person.
Reading the Bible, I've noticed the illustration of the Greek and Hebrew translation of "to know" another, such as "Abraham knew his wife and she conceived..." I'm not getting at the notion of wanting to get "to know" you, wink-wink, but to take a look at the etymological relation between knowing and loving.
May explains it this way:
I reflected back on this concept of encountering and the power of knowing another person at, say, Lighthouse. In the context of fellowship, am I in union, open to be changed by the encounter with someone? Am I willing to just know about my fellow believer or am I willing to risk myself and take the chance to be enriched by this new encounter, this new relationship?