PART I: AN APPROACH TO HUMAN CHANGE
Essay One: The Unity of Theory and Method in Gestalt Therapy
A. An Overview of Gestalt Therapy
B. The Human Organism
1. The biological field.
2. Theory of the organism.
5. Goal-seeking behavior.
C. The Methods of Gestalt Therapy.
1. The therapeutic relationship.
2. The experiment.
a. Awareness work.
i. Strategic: Experience Cycle vs. self-function
analysis of contact.
ii. Tactical: Phenomenology of therapist & client
b. Amplification, exaggeration, and refraction.
c. Therapeutic role-playing.
3. Working with cognition.
4. The wider field: couples, families, groups, education,
Essay Two: Processes of ContactA Dynamic Model of the Self
C. Interested excitement function.
D. Decision-making function.
E. Choosing function.
F. Whole-making or synthesizing function.
G. Habit-formation function.
H. Contact-and-withdrawal function.
I. The six-function model as a diagnostic tool.
Essay Three: Functional and Dysfunctional Processes of Contact
B. A case example.
K. Conclusions about contact distortions.
L. The broader perspective: the double focus of the Gestalt therapy
PART II: THE PHILOSOPHICAL GROUND
Essay Four: Opposing Paradigms [Aristotelian vs Platonic]
in Gestalt Therapy and Psychoanalysis.
B. Contrasting visions of what is real.
C. Aristotles analytical tools for understanding wholeness and
processes of change.
D. Three Platonic philosophical problems.
E. The mind-body problem.
F. The problem of knowing the unique individual.
G. Knowing and acting.
Essay Five: Foundations of the Concept of the Self
B. Psyche, soul, and self.
C. The self as the system of contacts in a difficult field and as
the agent of growth.
D. Agency, continuity through time, organic wholeness,
affectivity, and I.
E. The need for a theory of human development.
Essay Six: All There Is, Is NowA Gestalt Theory of
B. How are processes of contact possible?
C. Field theory.
D. Fractals and holograms.
E. The pervasiveness of process.
F. Personal self-knowledge.
G. Knowledge of the individuals and the therapeutic task.
PART III: HUMAN MATURITY AND FULFILLMENT
Essay Seven: A Well-Lived LifeA Gestalt Perspective
B. Personal life.
C. Of butterflies and paradoxes.
D. Growing through paradoxes.
E. What is psychological health?
F. The nature of authenticity.
G. The individual as clear figure.
H. The fulfilled selfmaturing the foundations.
Essay Eight: Meetings of PersonsReflections on Authentic
B. The moral life.
D. Patterns of effective communication.
E. Intimate relationships.
1. Defining characteristics.
4. Welcoming the self-revelation of the other.
5. Intimate relationships in the broader field.
6. Intimacy in Gestalt therapy.
7. The place of intimacy in human life.
Essay Nine: The Spiritual Dimension of Gestalt Therapy
A. Several meanings of human spirituality and
B. A phenomenology of the spiritualthe experience of mystery.
C. The central role spirituality in Gestalt theory and practice.
1. The Jo-Hari window.
2. The Jo-Hari window-Syl.
D. Apotheosis: honoring the mystery in everyday life.
PART IV: BEYOND THE 20TH CENTURY
Essay Ten: The Strengths of Gestalt Therapy as a New Paradigm
B. Gestalt therapys theory as field-theoretical and holistic.
C. Evaluation as a scientific theory.
D. Evaluation as a clinical theory.
1. Healthy and unhealthy functioning and their conditions.
2. Therapeutic fruitfulness.
E. The coming synthesis.