Fritz Perls And Paul Goodman

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Introduction
Fritz Perls, along with Laura Perls and Paul Goodman, developed Gestalt therapy in the 1940’s (Spillman & Rosen, 2014, p. 202). Fritz Perls was born into a Jewish family, but never fully identified with his Jewish heritage. In Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and growth in the human personality, Fritz Perls promotes the “Gestalt way of life”, which is when individuals become more aware of themselves and their needs rather than to allow external forces to dictate how they live their life (Perls, 1971). In other words, Gestalt therapy’s model could best be summarized by the “I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations and you are not in this world to live up to mine” motto (Spillman & Rosen, 2014, p. 203).
Basic Characteristics and Assumptions
In order for the Gestalt therapist to be well grounded and remain ethical, they must run the therapy by using self-awareness, acceptance, authenticity, and the here and now and being present (Spillman & Rosen, 2014, p. 204-205). Gestalt therapy focuses on all aspects of an individual and is able to do so through dialogue. Dialogue is an essential part of Gestalt theory, therefore Gestalt therapists emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the therapist and the client (Yontef, 1993, p. 127). As previously mentioned, one characteristic that sets Gestalt therapy from other therapies is Gestalt Dialogue.
Four Characteristics of Gestalt Dialogue
There are four dialogue…
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