LA ORACIÓN DE LA GESTALT.

Mucha gente me pregunta “¿qué es eso de “la Gestalt”?”. He recibido comentarios de varias índoles sobre “los humanistas”, los “Rogerianos”, “los de la Gestalt”. Sin embargo, muchas de las preguntas que surgen sobre el enfoque humanista y las líneas que derivan de él, no han sido del todo acertadas. Es por esto que este post tiene en cierto modo como propósito, el de poder dar una pequeña visión del punto desde donde el enfoque Gestalt tiene su mira. Como diría una muy querida maestra, al “ponernos la cachucha” de la Gestalt me parece hay ciertos elementos que nos podrán dar un panorama general de su manera de ver el mundo.

La psicoterapia Gestalt se encuentra de la corriente Humanística de la psicología. La corriente humanista por su lado, tiene dos bases filosóficas que son la fenomenología y el existencialismo. Por el lado de oriente tenemos gran influencia del Zen y del Tao. El humanismo por sí mismo concibe al individuo como un ser holístico, un ser único, con tendencia a la auto-actualización (la mal traducida “auto-realización”), la importancia del aquí y ahora, la responsabilización, la libertad.

Dentro del humanismo encontramos algunas aproximaciones al desarrollo humano y a la psicoterapia. Por un lado tenemos el enfoque centrado en la persona y la terapia centrada en el cliente de Carl Rogers, el enfoque racional-emotivo de Albert Ellis y el enfoque Gestalt desarrollado por Fritz Perls.

En el libro de “Sueños y Existencia” de Perls, encontramos lo que él mismo dice nos servirá de orientación para comprender la mirada de la psicoterapia Gestalt, la llamada oración dela Gestalt.

Dentro de ella podemos ver grandes temas existenciales como es el principio de soledad, de libertad, de finitud y de responsabilidad. A continuación les dejo la oración. En un nuevo post haré algunos comentarios sobre la oración de la Gestalt y su relación con algunos principios existencialistas. Mientras tanto, que disfruten y reflexionen sobre el enfoque Gestalt y su oración.

 

La Oración de la Gestalt.

Yo hago lo mío y tú haces lo tuyo.

No estoy en este mundo para llenar tus expectativas.

Y tú no estás en este mundo para llenar las mías.

Tú eres tú y yo soy yo.

Y si por casualidad nos encontramos es hermoso.

Si no, no puede remediarse.

Fritz Perls

My Skinned-Ego, My Thinking-Ego.

The Group is a powerful entity. As a student of the group phenomena and counseling, I have been intrigued by it. One of the texts we read in my degree that deals with the group and the dynamic of the group was Didier Anzieu’s “The Dynamic of the small group”. I was surprised by his clarity and at the same time the cleaver notes he makes about it. Although his approach is psychoanalytical (and my degree is in the Humanistic branch) what I read really took my attention.

I started to read more about him and then, I found that one of his works was “The Skinned Ego” (Le Moi Peau in French). It is one of the most beautiful books I have read. His proposal, briefly speaking, is that the skin itself could represent a metaphor of the psychic configurations of the person. I will not get into the topic itself, but I hope soon something about it could be written

There is another book of his that came later on. The book is called “From the Skinned Ego to the Thinking Ego”. At the end of this last book there is a beautiful poem, thought or farewell as he himself entitled it.

It honestly made me cry by the deepness and sincerity of the thought that I perceived.. I share it because I consider it is beautiful, deep, strong, hopeful, and alive.

This is the farewell translated by myself from Spanish (although I have a minor in translation it has been centuries since I professionally translated something, hope it is good for the time) the original poem can be seen in the other post Mi Yo Piel. Mi Yo Pensante in this blog for those who read in Spanish. Hope you enjoy as much as I did, and still do, every time I read it. The lines in bold are those I feel the most. All comments are well accepted. Enjoy!

 

As a Farewell.

Didier Anzieu

 

The flaying without ascesis.

The truth without eloquence.

The comprehension, without the knowledge

The renunciation, without the resignation.

The love, without the painful conjunction of two masochists

The old wine, among other news.

The joy, in the greatest moments.

The humility of recognizing the misery blended with the remains of its greatness

The control of the thoughts rather than the others.

The spirit, with the flesh and the heart.

The grief, with the grace.

The intrepidity, without the intemperance

The madness, without its praise.

The clear and distinct idea, without separating it from the terror of confusing sensations where it embodies. *

*Translation by Marcia Hernandez-Arroyo.

 

References:

Anzieu, D. (1995). El Pensar: del Yo-Piel al Yo-Pensante. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva.

New Section: The Killer Quotes Posts!

From now on, I’ve decided I will publish (as frequent as possible) a section of Killer Quotes! (thanks R for the name!).

Mainly, I will post quotes of different literature that I am Currently reading in order to share some of what I consider was a killer quote! This can also motivate others to read the book, journal entry, etc. or to have an overview of them.
Any comment is well taken and hope to have some feedback. (I appreciate those friends that have posted comments also in my facebookand twitter account).

So be prepared, the Killer Quote Section is coming!