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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.

Excitement, Anxiety and Experiment
Excitement, anxiety and experiment

… fantasy … on the one hand is a drama to try out and become expert, on the other, a therapy to become friendly with the strange and bitter actuality … (PHG 1951: 302)

The subtitle of Perls, Hefferline and Goodman's major work, Gestalt Therapy (1951), contains the words ‘Excitement and Growth’, and the word excitement is in this chapter heading.

Another word here is anxiety. One definition of anxiety is excitement without the action. In other words, anxiety occurs when signals from outside and inside the body are at least partly ignored. This simple description does not dismiss the many other theories of the causes of anxiety. It says what happens when there is heightened excitement, from whatever source; ...

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