Aggression, Time, and Understanding: Contributions to the by Frank-M. Staemmler

By Frank-M. Staemmler

Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the 1st ebook of Staemmler’s writings to be released in English. In the early sections of this book, Staemmler (supported by means of his Buddhist spouse, Barbara) comprehensively explores and questions the conventional Gestalt treatment idea of aggression and proposes a brand new method of operating with anger and hostility. additional sections contain in-depth examinations of the themes of time (the "Here and Now" and "Regressive Processes") and figuring out ("Dialogue and Interpretation" and "Cultivated Uncertainty"). From Staemmler’s "critical gaze," Dan Bloom observes, "concepts grow to be refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs as a way to proceed to boost the idea and perform of latest Gestalt therapy." 

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That small aggressions render the big ones unnecessary or impossible (... similar to the drive theories)" (Asanger & Wenniger 2000, p. 53). Dreitzel argues exactly in this manner: " . . he who does not sense his small anger, easily bursts out in rage; he who hardly can say 'no/ will collect resentments; and who finds swearing too violent, will easily dream of weapons of destruction" (1995, p. 505). As far as we know, a critical discussion of the cathartic notion has hardly taken place among Gestalt therapists until today; we will return to this topic (see reference point 17).

The fulfillment of the needs of the individual (seen in isolation) was Perls's first priority. To him, society and human community appeared more like forces that were opposed or, at least potentially, harmful to individual development (this view can also be found in Resnick's quote above). Therefore the person needed to free herself from them or even had to fight against them. A dialectical entanglement of 3 2 ... A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g individual and society was beyond his scope of thinking.

However, that does not mitigate their basic differentness. Ego, Anger, & Attachment, Part I I ... 43 describes in the first quote induces a confusion between the two kinds of motivation in children; this confusion may continue into adulthood and can therefore be found in some therapy clients too. This personal, psychic confusion must be taken seriously; nevertheless, this does in no way justify the terminological and theoretical-psychological confusion introduced by the Peris: ... fear, shame, and guilt are the affects parents most commonly evoke to erect prohibitions against exploratoryassertive activities they regard as dangerous or damaging: climbing on tiltable chairs, running after a ball into a street, grabbing a toy away from another child, pulling on mother's earring or glasses to inspect them.

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