By Frank-M. Staemmler
Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the 1st booklet of Staemmler’s writings to be released in English. In the early sections of this book, Staemmler (supported via his Buddhist spouse, Barbara) comprehensively explores and questions the normal Gestalt remedy idea of aggression and proposes a brand new method of operating with anger and hostility. additional sections comprise in-depth examinations of the themes of time (the "Here and Now" and "Regressive Processes") and realizing ("Dialogue and Interpretation" and "Cultivated Uncertainty"). From Staemmler’s "critical gaze," Dan Bloom observes, "concepts come to be refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs so that it will proceed to strengthen the speculation and perform of up to date Gestalt therapy."
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Problematic Notion o f Growth ( O i l ) For Peris, aggression serves assimilation and growth. But what kind of growth? Already on the physical level, growth cannot be a value per se, if you understand it primarily and exclusively in quantitative ways. Under healthy conditions, the physical growth of a person ends in the second decade of life. ) part of the population in wealthy countries, whose embonpoint is growing faster than is good for their spines, blood parameters, and hearts, it becomes difficult to find this kind of growth desirable.
Ego, Anger, & Attachment, Part I ... 19 the face of the historical events we find it impossible to acknowledge the protection of armament factories by the German military for the purpose of using them for their own ends as a differentiated process of assimilation. Actually, the term of "growth" acquires a very problematic meaning here that we will address in more detail later (see ref. point 11). 5. History o f Effect Perls's notion of aggression and the cathartic practice he derived from it have left visible traces in subsequent generations of Gestalt therapists.
A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g For as the marks of a madman are unmistakable — a bold and threatening mien, a gloomy brow, a fierce expression, a hurried step, restless hands, an altered color, a quick and more violent breathing — so likewise are the marks of the angry man; his eyes blaze and sparkle, his whole face is crimson with the blood that surges from the lowest depths of the heart, his lips quiver, his teeth are clenched, his hair bristles and stands on end, his breathing is forced and harsh, his joints crack from writhing, he groans and bellows, bursts out into speech with scarcely intelligible words, strikes his hands together continually, and stamps the ground with his feet; his whole body is excited and "performs great angry threats;" it is an ugly and horrible picture of distorted and swollen frenzy.
Aggression, Time, and Understanding: Contributions to the Evolution of Gestalt Therapy by Frank-M. Staemmler