Aggression, Time, and Understanding: Contributions to the by Frank-M. Staemmler

By Frank-M. Staemmler

Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the 1st ebook of Staemmler’s writings to be released in English. In the early sections of this book, Staemmler (supported by way of his Buddhist spouse, Barbara) comprehensively explores and questions the normal Gestalt remedy idea of aggression and proposes a brand new method of operating with anger and hostility. additional sections contain in-depth examinations of the subjects of time (the "Here and Now" and "Regressive Processes") and knowing ("Dialogue and Interpretation" and "Cultivated Uncertainty"). From Staemmler’s "critical gaze," Dan Bloom observes, "concepts come to be refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs that allows you to proceed to strengthen the idea and perform of up to date Gestalt therapy." 

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Oral-aggression" (Wheeler 1996, p. 130 — italics in original) picture of mankind, according to which he placed one's ozvn growth and well-being first — including the psychic health of the client with whom he happened to work at a given moment. The harmful impact that "giving vent to one's aggression" and "letting oneself go" can have on other people and on one's relationships with them (and on the aggressor himself) apparently were not of major interest for him. However, they are absolutely remarkable, as we will demonstrate below (see reference points 1,9,11).

342) write. Hence "aggression" would indicate something like "initiative" or, even more general, ... a beneficial, self-expressive, and creative human power to make something or to make something happen, to be willing to give oneself back to the world as well as to receive from the world. This is anything but the hostile warlike exercise of power over others that we generally think of as aggression nowadays. (Miller 1994, p. 77) At first sight this etymological reasoning appears to be supported by historical truth, but at a closer look it proves to be entirely unhistorical.

1. 2. 2. Category Mistake ( O f ) By making this deliberately polemical statement in which hostility and baby teeth are mentioned in the same breath, we intended to initiate the following point. "She came home in a flood of tears and a sedan-chair" (Ryle 1949, p. 22) — this sentence provides an example for what Ryle calls a "category-mistake": two things (here: flood 2 4 ... A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g of tears and a sedan-chair) are handled in parallel although they belong to different terminological categories.

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