Therapeutic Challenges in the Contemporary World: Gestalt Therapy Out of Its Bubble

Journal title QUADERNI DI GESTALT
Author/s Malcolm Parlett, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2018/1 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 9-18 File size 270 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2018-001002
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In this dialogue, Malcolm Parlett and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb explore the principal applications of Gestalt therapy in post-modern society. Starting with Paul Goodman’s example, Parlett focuses on the current importance of political and social calling of Gestalt therapists. Following a developmental perspective, the author underlines the need for a complex conceptualizing of intelligence. Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb highlights the fundamental role of Gestalt therapy in a desensitizing society as supporting individuals facing life challenges. The author describes benefits of personal psychotherapy and of continuous supervision for psychotherapists. The authors call for a more active commitment by Gestalt psychotherapists for society’s development and community welfare.

Keywords: Gestalt therapy, Paul Goodman, support, individual-society relationship.

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Malcolm Parlett, Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Sfide terapeutiche nel mondo contemporaneo. La psicoterapia della Gestalt fuori dalla campana di vetro. in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2018, pp 9-18, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2018-001002