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From the Radical Center

The Heart of Gestalt Therapy, 1st Edition

By Erving Polster, Miriam Polster

Gestalt Press

374 pages

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This remarkable collection traces central themes in the work of Erving and Miriam Polster, two of the best-known and best loved Gestalt therapists in the world. The writings herein span 4 decades in the history of psychotherapy, bringing together practical, theoretical and aesthetic dimensions of the Polsters' work in a single book. Ranging across diverse subjects and distinct historical periods, the work collected in this volume will educate, provoke, inspire and nourish Gestalt therapists for years to come.


"The Polsters have put forth an original body of work which distinguishes itself not only by its theoretical bravado, but by its intention to include and acknowledge a great variety of dissonant perspectives within Gestalt therapy. The energy resulting from their effort leaps off the page."

- Arthur Roberts, Ph.D.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Arthur Roberts


I. Setting the Stage

- A Contemporary Psychotherapy

- The Language of Experience

- Sensory Functioning in Psychotherapy

- Women in Therapy: A Gestalt Therapist's View

- Gestalt Therapy: Evolution and Application

II. Transformation of Principles

- Therapy Without Resistance: Gestalt Therapy

- Escape from the Present

- Tight Therapeutic Sequences

- Every Person's Life is Worth a Novel

- The Therapeutic Power of Attention

- The Self in Action: A Gestalt Outlook

- Translating Theory into Practice: Martin Heidegger and Gestalt Therapy

- Commonality and Diversity in Gestalt Therapy

- In Memory of Carl Rogers: Great Men Cast Great Shadows

III. The Role of Community

- Encounter in Community

- Eve's Daughters: The Forbidden Heroism of Women

- Individuality and Communality

- Beyond One to One

- It's Only the Most Recent Year of the Woman

- Coda

- What's New?

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health