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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: The Gestalt Journal Press; Revised edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939266164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939266166
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pure genius presented in an easy, conversational way.
Rob
Great Book and I would highly recomend to anyone who likes to read and also it was a school requirement for my class.
Vanny Hunter
Fritz Perls was very masterful at working with people.
William Bagley

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Lee Sutherland on May 28, 2000
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I've read many books by the great psychological theorists like Jung, Adler, Horney etc., but none of them cut to the heart of becoming like Fritz does. Even the other third wave analysts like Rogers and Maslow still take a more abstract approach: they suggest ideas on how to function optimally in interpesonal relationships, but don't dig very deep into the application, or the how. This book uses practices that have parallels in Zen buddhism and other sorts of experience-oriented disciplines, but doesn't praise any particular system or thinker. The presentation of the material is very simple and informal--taken from live lectures. Thus, nothing is academically obscure. Rather, its as though one is listening to a very integrated human being who is beyond the need to aggrandize himself through helping others. This is a very good book for people that wish to open themselves up to the full experience of living.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Henry H. Knapp on February 14, 2009
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Fritz was a genius, and this book proves it. The therapeutic method he developed helped his clients get beneath the surface features of their difficulties and see and deal with the existential issues that underlay them. The transcripts the book contains reveal the dramatic results that his masterly application of the method could produce.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Bagley on February 17, 2008
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Fritz Perls was very masterful at working with people. The book contains transcripts of how he interacted with others in a therapeutic context. He was able to effect changes very rapidly. The book has the theory, too, but it would not have made as much sense without the transcripts. I felt I got what Gestalt was about from this book. I have since prefered the Focusing approach, even as an explanation of how Fritz Perls worked, but this book inspired me and gave me the courage to confront my own challenges and then work with others. The key is that our organism is trying to meet a challenge and find closure, to integrate a gestalt, come to a kind of wholeness. We block ourselves from this, partly by not giving ourselves permission to feel our anger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob on December 4, 2012
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They used to talk about "getting it". Fritz Perls got it. Inside out, he was the original. In my opinion, there is no other figure in recent history who understood human beings quite as well as he did. He is still perhaps the only person who ever turned the key on compulsive repetition...and they all tried. He shows in this book that the way through our misery is not the more logical approach of fighting and resisting things, attempting to build a better concept, but instead, through fully accepting and experiencing all the discarded bits of ourselves that didn't seem to fit. It's a monumental paradox that human beings still cannot fathom. If we ever do finally turn that corner, this book will become one of the ideological cornerstones of that discovery.

Verbatim is rich material, a must read. Pure genius presented in an easy, conversational way. His only shortcoming was perhaps his inability to find the perfect word in English to translate some of his ideas, but even then, he keeps it real most of the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ivonne ferandell on January 22, 2013
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This is a must-have book for any gestalt loving folks. Book set up as case studies with dialogue between fritz pearls and client, for dreams. Very well done and to the point, helps you learn some techniques for your own dream interpretations. And it's hilarious too! Fritz does not edit himself one bit! Love him;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanny Hunter on February 24, 2012
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Great Book and I would highly recomend to anyone who likes to read and also it was a school requirement for my class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg on October 6, 2011
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Fritz Perls walks you through the process of Gestalt Therapy. The book is filled with numerous different sessions he had with a group of clients. The book provides case examples for how Gestalt Therapy can be implemented in a group setting. However, although the book primarily involves Perls working with groups the approaches can be used in individual practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By god on May 28, 2013
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I especially liked his HOT SEAT technique. This HOT SEAT method of self-analysis is the ultimate self-help technique. Try it, you'll like it. It's always cost-effective because it's FREE!
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