Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy / Edition 1

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The Gestalt approach is particularly known for its broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions,
including artistic materials and methods from the fine and performing arts. Creativity is a significant criterion for health, well-being and intelligence. It reflects the ability to find new solutions and promotes the flexibility required to adjust productively during critical life events. Gestalt therapy employs the term "creative adjustment” to emphasize the importance of this ability for personal and professional growth.
The book focuses on the fruitful interchange between theoretical guidelines and professional practice.
A strong emphasis lies on the historical and philosophical foundations of this topic, on clinical practice and case studies, and on various fields of applications (neuroscience, developmental psychology). A solid representation of American and European theoreticians bridges a divide between continents and reflects the productive discourse amoung schools and "streams” of Gestalt therapy.

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"... Es gab bereits vor diesem Buch viele Beiträge von verschiedenen GestalttherapeutInnen zum Thema Kreativität (siehe dazu auch eine Übersicht von N. Amendt-Lyon: Kunst und Kreativität in der Gestalttherapie in: Handbuch der Gestalttherapie), allerdings kein Forum, wo der Prozess der Theoriebildung und Konzeptualisierung Raum erhält, um Anstoß zu Reflexion des bisherigen Status und einer weiterführenden Diskussion zu sein ... Die praxisnahmen Beiträge veranschaulichen therapeutische Momente in Bezug zum theoretischen Hintergrund und geben Einblick in das weite Spektrum der Praxis. Diese verfolgen therapeutische Prozesse im Einzelsetting Erwachsener und Kinder wie auch gruppentherapeutischer Möglichkeiten ... liegt hier ein Buch vor, das die Mühe des Durcharbeitens vielfach lohnt ..." Psychologische Medizin Nr. 3/2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783211839010
  • Publisher: Springer Vienna
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Authors' Addresses
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Emergence of the Creative Field
1 Toward a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept for Promoting Creative Process 5
2 On the Other Side of the Moon: The Import of Implicit Knowledge for Gestalt Therapy 21
3 Therapeutic Meeting as Improvisational Co-Creation 37
4 Creative Abilities and the Art of Living Well 51
5 "Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright" - Aesthetic Values as Clinical Values in Gestalt Therapy 63
6 The Neuroscience of Creativity: A Gestalt Perspective 79
Pt. II The Challenge of Defining Creative Concepts
1 Therapy as an Aesthetic Issue: Creativity, Dreams, and Art in Gestalt Therapy 93
2 Creativity as Gestalt Therapy 101
3 The Weighty World of Nothingness: Salomo Friedlaender's "Creative Indifference" 113
4 The Influence of Otto Rank's Concept of Creative Will on Gestalt Therapy 129
5 Beauty and Creativity in Human Relationships 141
6 The Aesthetics of Commitment: What Gestalt Therapists Can Learn From Cezanne and Miles Davis 153
7 Contact and Creativity: The Gestalt Cycle in Context 163
Pt. III Connecting Theory and Practice: Case Examples
1 Embodying Creativity, Developing Experience: The Therapy Process and Its Developmental Foundation 181
2 One Therapy Session: Dialogue and Co-Creation in Child Therapy 201
3 Memorable Moments in the Therapeutic Relationship 211
Pt. IV A Taste of the Field in Practice
1 Creativity in Long-Term Intimate Relationships 227
2 Creativity in Family Therapy 239
3 Creative Process in Gestalt Group Therapy 249
4 Creative Adjustment in Madness: A Gestalt Therapy Model for Seriously Disturbed Patients 261
5 The Psychoportrait: A Technique for Working Creatively in Psychiatric Institutions 279
6 Blocks to Creativity in Organizations 291
Biographical Notes 303
Subject Index 309
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