To those who have to endure, I do apologize. What was meant as a swift
piece of humor has extrapolated to a way off topic discussion. In my fir=
ill advised post, I replied to "gestalt blend" with a supposedly humorus
would that be a six sigma blend.' Then in my second ill advised post I
began by saying that it was ment in humor and that - I - had a differnen=
connection to gestalt (still not giving up on humor). Then said that it =
part of a phsycology course on counseling that I had taken working on my
masters in theology. I haven't read all the two dozen books on Six Sigm=
and if it is from Motorola (I thought it was GE) that would fit. Six sigm=
is a management philosophy - gestalt a reality therapy philosphy and the
whole thing wasn't funny to begin with and I've used up a lot of unnecess=
Gestalt is a German word referring to wholeness and the concept that a wh=
unit is more than the sum of its parts. Gestalt therapy was developed in =
1940s and 1950s by Frederick (Fritz) Perls, a German-born psychiatrist wh=
immigrated to the United States. Like person-centered therapy, Gestalt
therapy tries to make individuals take responsibility for their own lives
and personal growth and to recognize their capacity for healing themselve=
However, Gestalt therapists are willing to use confrontational questions =
techniques to help clients express their true feelings. In the following
example, the therapist helps the client become more aware of her own
behavior and her responsibility for it:
Client: You know, you just can't do anything right in today's world.
Therapist: Please repeat that phrase using the word I instead of you.
Client: I can't do anything right, it seems.
Therapist: Would you change the word can't to won't?
Client: I won't do anything right.
Therapist: What won't you do that you want to do?
The general goal of Gestalt therapy is awareness of self, others, and the
environment that brings about growth, wholeness, and integration of one's
thoughts, feelings, and actions. Gestalt therapists use a wide variety of
techniques to make clients more aware of themselves, and they often inven=
or experiment with techniques that might help to accomplish this goal. On=
of the best-known Gestalt techniques is the empty-chair technique, in whi=
an empty chair represents another person or another part of the client's
self. For example, if a client is angry at herself for not being kinder t=
her mother, the client may pretend her mother is sitting in an empty chai=
The client may then express her feelings by speaking in the direction of =
chair. Alternatively, the client might play the role of the understanding
daughter while sitting in one chair and the angry daughter while sitting =
another. As she talks to different parts of herself, differences may be
resolved. The empty-chair technique reflects Gestalt therapy's strong
emphasis on dealing with problems in the present.
John - taking me and my attempted humor off the list for awhile