The Gestalt School Of Psychotherapy: A Brief Analysis

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The Gestalt school of psychotherapy was founded by Frederick S Perls and Laura, his wife. Fritz was the name that he was usually referred to by the majority of those around him. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1893 into a middle class family (Gall, S. B., Beins, B., & Feldman, A. J. 1996). His mother (Amelia Rund) grew up in an Orthodox Jewish environment, while his father (Nathan Perls) was Grand Master in the Freemason Lodge. His father was quite reclusive in his habits. (O 'Leary, E. 2013). The youngest in the family, Fritz had two sisters whom he viewed differently. The family life of Fritz comes with a spectrum of feelings a most families do. His parents were very religious individuals but this seemed to be absent in their physical …show more content…
Laura and Fritz met while he was still perusing knowledge of Gestalt Psychology. He was not the type that was interested in marriage but Laura seemed to desire it so they got married (O 'Leary, E. 2013). The marriage seemed to be one sided in many ways as Perls was very independent. He, and the theory, was the center of the relationship. They had two kids but that only changed portions of his personality but did not slow down his pursuits. His son stated, “Basically, I hated my father and his pompous righteousness, ­ but he could also be loving and warm. How much my attitude was influenced by my mother’s hatred of him, how much she poisoned us children with it, I could not say” (O 'Leary, E. 2013). Fritz was very adamant in accomplishing his dreams that the rest of his family resented and disliked him. He was never around and thus he repeated much of what his father did regarding abuse and detachment. The dynamic and relationships that he held were definitely influential on the theories that would …show more content…
Fritz Perls wrote or took part of a couple books including, Gestalt Therapy, Gestalt Therapy Verbatim, and In and Out the Garbage Pail. The first book lays out the ideas regarding the theory and ideas of Gestalt Therapy. The second reading revolves around a talk that Fritz Perls gave to some of his followers followed by the conversations in the seminar. Finally, his last work, is a sort of autobiography that applies many of his theories into what life is for him in the present

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