Gestalt Therapy, contemporary psychoanalysis and infant research: reflections - The author, a German psychotherapist, takes into account similarities between gestalt therapy, object relational theories and infant research. He explores in particular similarities between object relational theories and the therapeutical work of Fritz Perls. In this context the autor discusses concepts like "internal theatre", the therapist as an "additional" other and the contribution of gestalt therapy to the work with the phenomenon of splitting. Bocian then explores the possibles overlaps between the evolutionary models of gestaltpsychology and gestalt therapy with that one of theorists of the infant resarch - in particolar of Daniel Stern - that are realised in the acknowledgment of the social nature of the child and his interaction with the mother.
Key words: contemporary psychoanalysis, object relational theories, "additional" other, "internal theatre", splitting, development, infant research.
Parole chiave: psicoanalisi contemporanea, teorie delle relazioni oggettuali, altro supplementare, "teatro interno", scissione, sviluppo, /infant research/.