By Frank-M. Staemmler
Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the 1st publication 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 normal Gestalt treatment idea of aggression and proposes a brand new method of operating with anger and hostility. additional sections comprise in-depth examinations of the subjects 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 end up refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs for you to proceed to improve the idea and perform of up to date Gestalt therapy."
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A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g consists exactly of a lack of differentiation between the child's two different motivations, i. e. of a parental behavior that treats the explorative-assertive activity of the child as if it had its source in the aggressive side of the aversive motivational system. However, "perhaps the best way to foster cruelty-dissolving empathy is to better deploy one of our most under-utilized social resources, childhood roughand-tumble play . . " (Panksepp 2006, p.
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Mental metabolism" is a metaphor, which brings about a side effect that Peris apparently welcomed but which in our view is problematic: Since Peris has used the term "metabolism" in the context of digestion of food before, the metaphor suggests that mental processes or emotionally energized encounters between human beings are characterized by the same patterns as digestive processes. However, no human being "digests mental food" with the help of her or his teeth, gastric acid, and enzymes; a "mental stomach" or "gut" is nonsense.
Aggression, Time, and Understanding: Contributions to the Evolution of Gestalt Therapy by Frank-M. Staemmler