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Download Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality epub

by Frederick S. Perls

Download Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality epub
ISBN: 0285620444
ISBN13: 978-0285620445
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Author: Frederick S. Perls
Language: English
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (1972)
Pages: 483 pages
ePUB size: 1766 kb
FB2 size: 1125 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 189
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Gestalt Therapy is divided into two parts: 1 provides a set of personal experiments structured to allow one to learn more about how they actually relate to their world. 2. provides a detailed explanation of the point of view of the Gestalt school of psychology as envisioned by Perls, Hefferline and Goodman

I have found this book to be of value for occasionally working with one of the experiments and/or reading a few pages of the theoretical descriptions. Excellent material for when I need to move beyond feeling stuck or stagnant.
A classical work dedicated to one of the most interesting approaches to psychotherapy. Presenting a very humane and lively view of the human nature, the book is amazingly fresh and smart, even after decades in print. The introduction is worth reading, which in my experience is very rare.

The book has two distinctly different parts: the first is a comprehensive description of the theory, which would be an engaging read to anyone even slightly concerned with the human condition, and the second is a practical course, inviting on a personal journey of self-discovery, which is exactly what it sounds like, a journey, with its fun and toil, and the measure of becoming wiser in direct proportion to being curious and honest with yourself.

One may feel special gratitude to the publisher, who took the risk of turning the book "back on its feet" after years of "upside down" editions. That is, the reader has a chance to learn the fundamentals of the method before seeing examples of its practical application.
Having read the first 3 earlier reviews presented here, I find that I agree with most of what has been written, and I don't have anything of importance to add. Especially because I dont have any serious first hand experience with the therapeutic method. So what is left to me is to share a bit of my personal enthusiasm.
I bought the kindle edition, which is for me a delightful improvement of my reading environment, and I read just a few pages every day, highlighting the essence.
I experience the text as a wonderful practical philosophy of human nature, a great theoretical concept, and a wonderful series of practical excercises.
Many years ago I had a copy of the book, and then, too, I was very delighted, but skipped much of the theoretical discussion, and was enchanted mainly by the practical self-training.
Now also the theory is as useful and mind-opening to me, perhaps no less then the practical excersises.
The image of the many aspects of myself as an organism interacting with many aspects of a larger field is vitalizing and liberating.
I rank the book as top value in my modest library, and hope that more and more people will adopt this or a similar orientation when dealing with issues of human interaction with society, culture, and many other aspects of the world in which we live.
Didn't help my issues (I've tried other methods as well, not just Gestalt Therapy) but gave me a new perspective to life and the workings of our minds.
As far as I have seen, the only true "counseling theory" book. Covers human "behavior" and therapeutic action. Tough read, it would be impossible for me to read it all at once, I go page by page really.
Beginning therapist if you want to understand that purpose of therapy then it would be wise to read this book. Therapy takes place in the here and now and in the here and now is where problems are solved. This book also provides multiple methods you can try on your own given you the chance to experience your own therapy.
I found this book comprehensive and full of insightful new understandings. The complexity of each subject was a little overwhelming . I would love to see this information distilled and a little more concise. So respectful of the authors and a little in awe of them. To understand the human condition on thos level is inspiring. All in all a difficult but wonderful read.
Basic reading for gestalt therapist.