In Gestalt Therapy psychopathology is read as a block of growth. Already in the forties, Gestalt Therapy points to the “mutual construction of a meaning” within the therapist-patient relationship.
The Gestalt Therapy therapeutic model aims to the subject’s growth and to his/her relational competence.
It is, in fact, a declared interest by the Gestalt Therapy (GT) the analyzing the structure of the growth in the subject through his/her possibilities of success and failure. Growing doesn’t mean to take in one’s own world new information but to build, through e a process of critical comparison, a new integration between Subject and Environment. That’s why the growth occurs through contacts with the environment. Every contact with the novelty/difference (by the Other) implies a conflict phase where the existing balance comes into a crisis (conflict between ‘old’ and ‘new’, between Organism and Environment) and a constructive phase, where one comes to a new synthesis (“fusion of horizons” in H. G. Gadamer). If this trouble is interrupted or early avoided it doesn’t occur the contact with the “novelty” a person blocks or reduces his/her growth. So, in the GT the psychopathology is read as a block of growth. In this perspective the aggression becomes the necessary strength to self-realize putting ourselves in relationship in a nurturing way with the Environment. In the 40s already, the GT addresses to the “reciprocal construction of a meaning” within the psychotherapist-patient relationship.
Quality that characterize the relationship in GT theoretical and clinical model
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