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Gestalt Therapy During Coronavirus: Sensing the Experiential Ground and "Dancing" with Reciprocity
Journal Title: QUADERNI DI GESTALT 
Author/s: Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  18 Pg. 33-50 FullText PDF:  228 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GEST2021-001005
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Building on the social experiences that have formed the backdrop to the pandemic, some of the relational dimensions that have come to the forefront today are described. The need for a new set of values in humanistic psychology is addressed, from support for individual potential to building a sense of "being-with" the other, embracing a more relational perspective. The author proposes looking to the paradigm of reciprocity, applied through an aesthetic approach and inspired by gestalt hermeneutics (phenomenological and field oriented), and presents aes-thetic relational knowledge (Spagnuolo Lobb, 2017a) as a means of working through the suf-fering of the client in a contextualized way, considering the resonance of the therapist as part of the experiential field of the client. This new humanistic value can be realized by focusing on the "dance" of reciprocity between the therapist and the client (a model under research that considers mutual perceptions and reactions to the perceptions of the other, supported by the vitality that each one places in being-with the other). In this way, therapeutic change can in-clude both figure and ground experiences. A consequence of this new value is a turn in the ethical position of the psychotherapist: from a narcissistic effort to be a "good therapist" to an aesthetic attitude that doesn’t deny limits and puts the presence of the other in the foreground. An important consequence for therapists is to take care of themselves so that they are able to deal with the trauma of the pandemic, which is also strengthened through constant dialogue with the professional community.
Keywords: Coronavirus, aesthetic relational knowledge, gestalt therapy, reciprocity, human-istic values.

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Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Gestalt Therapy During Coronavirus: Sensing the Experiential Ground and "Dancing" with Reciprocity in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2021, pp. 33-50, DOI:10.3280/GEST2021-001005

   

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