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Unread October 3rd, 2004, 08:28 PM
Philip Brownell Philip Brownell is offline
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Default Figures of Interest/Writing for Gestalt!

Figures of Interest
In tracking stats for Gestalt!, up to this point from January, 2004 the following articles have been the top dozen of interest to readers:
* An overview of Gestalt therapy theory, by Maria Kirchner (
* Projection and self psychology, by Robert Feldhaus (
* Stories about knowing: A view from family therapy, by David Pocock (
* Responses to "Empirical and Hermeneutic Approaches to Phenomenological Research in Psychology, A Comparison," by Arie Cohen and Victor Daniels (
* Gestalt therapy and post-traumatic stress disorder: The potential and its (lack of) fulfillment, by Arie Cohen (
* Clinical supervision: A Gestalt-humanistic framework, by Yaro Starak (
* Perceiving you perceiving me: Self-conscious emotions and Gestalt therapy, by Philip Brownell (
* Lit Review of Gestalt therapy-related literature focused on PTSD, by Sarah Hardie (
* Enamourment in psychotherapy, by Elias F. de Almeida (
* Airline crash survivors, Vietnam veterans, and 9/11, by Carol H. Pollard, Carl Mitchell, and Victor Daniels (
* Love, admiration, or safety: A system of Gestalt diagnosis of borderline, narcissistic, and schizoid adaptations that focuses on what is figure for the client, by Elinor Greenberg (
* Prelude to contemporary Gestalt therapy, by Charlie Bowman and Philip Brownell (

We are always interested in writing that represents our global Gestalt community. This might be interviews, research projects, student papers, literature reviews, anecdotal narratives about practice, articles on theory, and news of events. Victor Daniels assists with a regular column called "The Working Corner" in which practical interventions and techniques are shared. Mae Tang assists by overseeing a regular contribution of creative writing, providing a different influence in our various fields. If you are interested in writing for Gestalt!, please contact Victor (, Mae (maetang@NU-IT.DEMON.CO.UK), or the Sr. Editor, Philip Brownell ( and talk about your ideas. We embody a far less formal process of publishing than our colleagues at such valuable hard copy publications as Gestalt Review, the British Gestalt Journal, or the International Gestalt Journal, and for new writers this can often be a good way to start getting published. What we may give up in terms of literary precision, we feel we make up for in public availability (we are entirely on-line and free), currency, creativity, risk-taking and flexibility. Although we offer the writing of established Gestalt practitioners, we are especially interested in new authors, and we believe we serve our global community by helping to encourage and support publishing at a level that promotes bridging into the more rigorous processes authors encounter in traditional journals.

I would welcome a discussion of writing for Gestalt journals here at BOL, and I would be happy to help people find a home for their writing, whether that be with Gestalt! and the online audience or whether that be with the traditional journal and book publishers.
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Unread April 13th, 2005, 07:35 AM
Phil Brownell Phil Brownell is offline
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I just wanted to follow up on that last post and to alert people that Gestalt! is in active cooperation with The International Gestalt Journal, Gestalt Review, and the Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand to this end: Gestalt! will provide a public venue on the world wide web where people can publish a work in progress and receive feedback and support contributing to the completion of their articles and the submission of more polished work to one of the journals mentioned above (or to still more journals as this kind of process becomes beneficial to other editors who wish to take advantage of nurturing their authors).

The process could be that an author contacts the Sr. Editor at Gestalt! directly with a work in progress, and from there we interact with that author to get the piece ready for Gestalt!, publish it online and provide a feedback mechanism (bulletin board response function), linked to a temporary membership in Gstalt-L, the eCommunity for Gestalt Therapy, so that the author might have two avenues through which to gain feedback and support for the refining of their work. The staff at Gestalt! is in active cooperation with hard copy journals, so we can also offer suggestions as to where submission might gain a favorable response for the author's finished piece.

From another perspective, sometimes an author will contact the hard copy journal first, and in that case they might be referred by that editor to Gestalt! as one means of taking their piece of writing to the next level, a level containing the kind of writing necessary for publication in that journal.

All this demonstrates a new kind of cooperation among the virtual and real world of Gestalt publishing. We are working on making the online and the hard copy worlds complement one another more completely - ways that really make us all part of one, larger gestalt.

Philip Brownell, M.Div., Psy.D.
Sr. Editor, Gestalt! (
Clinical Psychologist, Bermuda
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Unread April 14th, 2005, 12:33 AM
victor daniels victor daniels is offline
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Phil, many kudos to you in thinking of and arranging all that. It sounds like a potentially wonderful collaborative effort and movement in the direction of better all-around communication, networking, and good vedanas.

It will be important, I think--and you've probably already thought of this, but I'll say it anyway--to ensure that there is a clear demarcation--a "department" or "feature" or something of the sort, to distinguish those in-progress contributions from others that are intended as final submissions to Gestalt! Certainly there will be many online readers who will seldom if ever see the hardcopy journals. In addition, the lack of such a clear demarcation could be seen as a statement that all writing for Gestalt! is potentially not quite up to snuff, which would surely discourage some potential authors and make it harder for us to solicit top notch contributors.

Victor Daniels, Ph.D.
Contributing editor
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Unread April 14th, 2005, 06:57 AM
Phil Brownell Phil Brownell is offline
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Hi Victor,
Glad to have the chance to talk with you about these things in front of everyone (as it were!). We have written personally, back channel, and at Gstalt-L, and now here. Seems fitting.

I agree that the "Works in Progress" department needs to be identified as such. I also agree that we need to ensure that the contents of Gestalt! remains significant. As a reflection on that, I am currently reading a feature article set for a coming issue at Gestalt Review, and I will be responding to it in the same issue; what I noted was that the author used two sources from Gestalt! in her references. I know that students use Gestalt! in preparing their papers, because I've tracked the activity there, which correlates highly to when students are in school, and even when the internet was young, during the AAGT conference in Cleveland, one attendee told me that she uses the internet constantly for literature searches.

In the new working relationships Gestalt! has with the hard copy journals we are truly interested in supporting one another rather than in competing with one another. Yet, that support will not dilute our relative distinctives. Both Edwin Nevis, of GISC, and Joe Melnick, of Gestalt Review, stated that Gestalt! reaches people they cannot reach. I believe that too. I hope that as the eJournal matures, it can provide increasing service reflective of the interactive nature of the World Wide Web. As I see it, one next step in that direction can be to help nurture and support new authors, or even established authors who want to utilize a feedback feature with which to help them "think through" their subject and to locate the blind spots they have to it as it develops. As I've stated, I think this might also help the journals. I guess we shall see, as it really constitutes an experiment, doesn't it?

Warm Regards, and with appreciation for all you do at Gestalt!,
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