#4-- gestault - Alison Gilbert Coun 230 October 11, 2007...

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Alison Gilbert Coun 230 October 11, 2007 Gestalt Theory 1. Human Nature Gestalt is a wonderful German world which probably cannot be translated exactly, but calls to mind a “movement” within the self which results from a human becoming more than the sum of his or her parts. The functions which go on within the individual to become human are complicated: a healthy integration creates this great “gestalt” of an individual, but at the same time, a person has to have differentiated unity of the senses, keeping the outside world disparate from the integrated self. If the individual is not able to fully separate the outside world from the inside, or if the boundary between the self and the outside world are too rigid, boundary disturbances can cause isolation from society. 2. Mental/emotional illness and psychological dysfunction happen when Fritz Perls asserted that neurotic people are scattered: they are focused on too many areas of their lives as problematic; as a result they might depend on other people to
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course COUN 320 taught by Professor Lindy during the Spring '08 term at Saint Marys College of California.

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#4-- gestault - Alison Gilbert Coun 230 October 11, 2007...

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