- Subject index
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 six: Integration and Evolution of Gestalt
Integration and Evolution of Gestalt
Gestalt therapy itself represents an integration of many sources of inspiration to the founders. Heraclitus’ observations, gestalt psychology, Freud's theories, existentialism, Lewin's field theory, Reich's character armour (1972), Taoism and Moreno's social experimentation among others, have contributed some of the parts that have been organised into the whole we call gestalt therapy. None of them have been swallowed whole. These sources exist in a partial, assimilated form here. It is in line with Perls’ analogy of eating with the taking in of experience, that as time goes by, new ideas and methods are integrated into the original theory, and so it grows and changes. This is a catholic method:
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