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New to the bestselling Counselling in a Nutshell Series, this pocket-sized book is the beginners guide to the essentials of Gestalt Therapy, from its principles to practice. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the book introduces: The origins of the approach; The key theory and concepts; The skills and techniques important to practice
Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, this book includes vivid case examples, end of chapter exercises and a glossary of terms to help aid understanding.
Chapter One: Human Nature and Gestalt
Human Nature and Gestalt
Note: There will be many references in this book to what is properly called gestalt therapy theory. As this phrase is cumbersome, I will generally shorten it to just the word gestalt.
‘When will you, at last, become that which you truly are?’ Maria Theresa of Austria [in a letter to her daughter Marie Antoinette twenty years before the guillotine came down].
Most of us have some notion of that which we truly are. Plato saw this as an aspiration, an ideal that could never be fulfilled, but which showed a direction to aspire to. Somewhere in every counsellor, whether it is overt or not, is a belief about what we call human nature. In fact it is rare indeed ...