This book is a collection of articles written in the period 1985–2011. The articles form a background for perspectives that concern the foundations of Gestalt therapy: foundations in philosophy and foundations in psychoanalysis and connections with other therapeutic theories.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Roots in Philosophy -- The world according to Gestalt therapy -- “Let’s work seriously about having fun!” Psychotherapists’ systemic countertransferences -- Commitment -- Zen and the art of pinball -- Gestalt therapy and the culture of narcissism -- Requiem for the earth -- Cultural action for freedom: Paulo Freire as Gestaltist -- Response to “Intercultural aspects of psychotherapy” -- Roots in Psychoanalysis and Connections with Other Theories -- Gestalt and drive theory -- A Gestalt approach to transference -- Gestalt and regression -- Notes for a book on the id -- On yelling and bashing cushions -- Gestalt therapy and Morita therapy -- Roots in Gestalt Foundational Theory -- Gestalt in Britain: a polemic -- Awareness, the contact boundary, and the field -- Introjection revisited -- Pseudo-introjection -- The paradoxical theory of change: strategic, naïve, and Gestalt -- The experience of shame -- Field theory: mirrors and reflections -- Two theories of five layers -- Body and character as a field event -- The mind and the senses: thinking in Gestalt therapy -- I, thou, and us -- Individual therapy as group therapy -- Why shouldn’t we interrupt? *