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Brian O'Neill April 4th, 2006 09:17 AM

Discussion on Field Theory and Gestalt therapy
Following from the students notes I've posted, I would invite people to discuss Field theory, both its theory and practice, including it's application to therapy... or more provocatively... what use is it anyway???


Dan Bloom November 10th, 2007 11:37 AM

Re: Discussion on Field Theory and Gestalt therapy
What kind of field do you mean? I find the phenomenal field the only meaningful one to the direct practice of gestalt therapy. Some call it "the situation." I like that. I also am inclined to Lewin's Lifespace and Husserl's Lifeworld. But I have yet to be convinced that the quantum field, for example, has any relevance.

Brian O'Neill December 16th, 2007 08:18 AM

Re: Discussion on Field Theory and Gestalt therapy
Hi Dan and good to see you here.

I am wondering how you would describe the field perspective in Perls, Hefferliene and Goodman then. Would you say this is a phenomenal field?

As for quantum physics, I'm interested then in how you would relate to the following from the article I have coming out in the next Gestal Review -

"Sometimes the nature of light as particle or wave is dependant on whether it is observed or not. This has become known as the “wave-particle duality” (Einstein and Infield 1938, Bohm & Hiley, 1993, Lightman 2000). "

" A wave-particle duality is one in which identity is both matter and field. This resembles the struggle in Perls, Hefferline and Goodman (1951, 1984 edition) in understanding the ‘system of contacts” and “agent of growth’ duality in the nature of self, although as Crocker (1999) notes, this was not clearly articulated in PHG. Hence Gestalt theory struggles with a similar duality of relativistic quantum theory. We are a particle (agent of growth) and a wave phenomenon (system of contacts in the organism/environment field). PHG’s original notion of self correlates with that of physics - we are field and matter, aware of our unique nature and intrinsically part of an organism/environment field"


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