In Search of Good Form: Gestalt Therapy with Couples and by Joseph C. Zinker

By Joseph C. Zinker

With In seek of fine Form, Joseph Zinker emphasizes seeing and being with as keys to a phenomenological strategy within which therapist and sufferer co-create and collectively articulate their very own stories and meanings. He considers Gestalt box concept, the Gestalt interactive cycle, and Gestalt innovations.

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Why do we call our approach Gestalt therapy? 'Gestalt' is a holistic concept (ein Ganzheitsbegriff). A gestalt is a structured entity that is more than, or different from, its parts. "'1 The formation and destruction of gestalten2 is an aesthetic process, not simply a utilitarian one. As with the individual, so with multiperson systems. When a couple or family struggles successfully dirough a dilemma, the experience feels whole, complete, right, good, and beautiful. Completed gestalten — fully ripened experiences of which we become aware, experience, assimilate, and eventually let go — are graceful, flowing, aesthetically pleasing, and affirming of our own worth as human beings.

Gestalt voices (Norwood, NJ: Ablex, p. 22). F. S. Perls, R. Hefferline, & P. Goodman (1951), Gestalt therapy: Excitement and growth in the human personality (New York: Julian Press). Whereas in the first instance I do to myself what I want to do to you, in the second case, I give myself what I want you to give to me (like stroking my hair, holding my hand, and so on). J. Kepner (1987), Body process: A Gestalt approach to working with the body in psychotherapy (New York: Gardener Press). See also M.

Bateson, J . Jackson & J . Weakland (1968), "Toward a theory of schizophrenia," in D . ), Communication, family, and marriage (Palo Alto, C A : Science and Behavior Books). C. B. Broderick & S. Schrader (1991), "The history of professional marriage and family therapy," in A. S. G u r m a n & D. P . ), Handbook of family therapy (Vol. 2) (New York: Brunner/ Mazel, p . 26). J . Zinker (1977), Creative process in Gestalt therapy (New York: Brunner/Mazel, p. 126). See also E. Kepner & L. Brien (1970), "Gestalt therapy and behavioristic phenomenology," in J .

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