1.Gestalt Prayer 2.Text of "Gestalt Prayer" 3.Impact and Legacy 4.The Gestalt Principles 5.A GESTALT THERAPY APPROACH TO SHAME AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS: THEORY AND METHODS
Gestalt PrayerOriginFritz Perls created the Gestalt prayer to provide amodel that expresses Gestalt therapy and a means bywhich we should live. The Gestalt prayer is astatement which is an exemplary representation byDr. Perls that accurately summarizes his new methodof psychotherapy.The meaning of the Gestalt prayer is for theindividual to live in harmony according to their ownneeds and what feels right instead of looking tooutside influences to determine the individuals needs.The statement also emphasizes the fact that when weare fulfilled then we are better equipped to helpothers to do the same which creates stronger relationships.
Text of "Gestalt Prayer"I do my thing and you do your thing.I am not in this world to live up to yourexpectations,And you are not in this world to live up tomine.You are you, and I am I, and if by chancewe find each other, its beautiful.If not, it cant be helped.(Fritz Perls, 1969)
Impact and LegacyThe Gestalt prayer describes in 56 words the focusof Gestalt therapy and its viewpoint of personalindependence and is legendary in the practice ofGestalt and psychotherapy professionals.Although critics in opposition believe thatrelationships must be developed through hardwork, those who believe in Gestalt feel thatrelationships should never be based on obligationor as a result of the expectations of others. TheGestalt prayer is also well known for sparkingarguments in academic discussions related topersonal autonomy and interdependence and it iswidely used by the general culture as a creed tolive by.
The Gestalt Principles Gestalt is a psychology term which means "unified whole". It refers to theories of visual perception developed by German psychologists in the 1920s. These theories attempt to describe how people tend to organize visual elements into groups or unified wholes when certain principles are applied
A GESTALT THERAPY APPROACH TOSHAME AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS: THEORY AND METHODS Abstract: Shame and self-righteousness are intrapsychic dynamics that help the individual defend against a rupture in relationship. This article discusses how, from a life script perspective, shame is comprised of the script belief Something is wrong with me, formed as a result of messages and decisions, conclusions in response to impossible demands, and defensive hope and control. In addition, from a Gestalt therapy perspective, shame involves a diminished self-concept in confluence with criticism, a defensive transposition of sadness and fear, and disavowal and retroflection of anger. Furthermore, shame may be an archaic fixation or an introjection. The suggestion is made that self- righteousness is the denial of a need for relationship. A contact-oriented relationship psychotherapy that emphasises methods of inquiry, attunement, and involvement is described.
• Doctor, doctor, nobody believes me.? Tell me the truth now, what is your real problem? •Two psychologists are in an elevator at Psychology the end of the day after a hard day of work. One of them is very JOKES tired, exhausted, on the other hand, is happy and relaxed. The first one says: Hey, do not understand how you can be so after twelve hours of treat problems with your patients. The other replied in amazement: tell me you do not hear them!•Psychology is the only business where thecustomer is never right ......!