The Polyphonic Development of Domains. Towards an Evolutionary Perspective in Gestalt Therapy - Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

Author/s Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/2
Language Italian Pages 20 P. 31-50 File size 979 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2012-002003
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To answer the question "What developmental perspective is coherent for a Gestalt therapist?" the author states that, being a clinician, the Gestalt therapist is not interested in a the- ory of development in itself, but in a "developmental mind" (a map to understand how the past reveals itself in the present) that can help him/her to intuit both the evolution of contact modes in the client and his/her interrupted movement, the blocked intentionality for contact that calls to be freed in the present moment. She presents a model to observe how the resources of our clients have either kept their freshness or have become dormant. As a key theme in this work, the author proposes the concept of polyphonic development of domains, a suitable way of looking at the patient’s development in the here-and-now of the session, in order to support the excitement for contact that has lost its spontaneity in development. She describes Gestalt domains, their characteristics and risks when the contactboundary is desensitized.

Keywords: Domains, development, relational, gestalt, complexity, contact competences

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Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Lo sviluppo polifonico dei domini. Verso una prospettiva evolutiva della psicoterapia della Gestalt in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 2/2012, pp 31-50, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2012-002003