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Gestalt Therapy Verbatim Paperback – February 1, 1992
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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.
The first 76 pages are a talk he gave about gestalt therapy to a group who might choose to stay for a 5 week workshop on dreams at Esalen. The book is transcribed from his spoken talks, which gives the reading a lively and irreverent feel, like you are transported back to 1969 with his cursing, smoking etc.
The remaining pages are transcripts of his interactions at the workshop, one on one asking people to BE certain parts of their dreams. For example, a woman describes a dream about a house where she is walking up the stairs. Fritz says to her, BE the house and talk to the woman who is walking up you. Because he believes each part of the dream represents a fragmented part of oneself, and to give these parts a voice resolves their unfinished enlightenment or gestalt.
I did not read the book for the dream work however. I am giving it five stars for the first 76 pages about how and why people get stuck with unfinished enlightenments/gestalts.
A theory he describes beginning on page thirtysomething and throughout the 76 pages is the idea that people need to be frustrated. Our culture tends to avoid discomfort and frustration. But only through frustration, when other options are blocked, do we draw upon inner resources, our natural self and natural processes to bring forward the natural enlightenment about that issue, or gestalt. He gives an example of thanking Hitler for making it impossible for him to stay alive in Germany, for this trip through other countries, without guarantees of safety or income, exposed him to the processes that would become his great discoveries, enlightenments for himself and to share.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, the way Fritz Perls tackle therapy in a pragmatic, engaging, and relentless manner is both daunting and refreshing at the same time! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like reading Perls perspective on how we think, straightforward no B.S. kind of guy, to bad he passed away in 1970.Published 5 months ago by B. E. Mclaughlin
This is a great book explaining goals and processes of Gestalt therapyPublished 5 months ago by N.R.S.
While I prefer his The Gestalt Approach & Eye Witness to Therapy, this book still has some excellent ideas. I highly recommend it.Published 9 months ago by snoopies622
On time in stated condition. I would order from this vendor again.Published 11 months ago by Miranda Simon
Good, but not well organized and a little confusing at times. Good background to NLP. This review min word requirement is garbage!Published 16 months ago by Brian Harpring
Really enjoy this book. Although I do not fully delve into some of the dreamwork of the book, his case studies and discussions are very enlightening to a new therapist such as... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alberto C.