The Gestalt Outlook
Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality
Frederick Perls, Ralph Hefferline, & Paul Goodman
– both for the writing and the thorough understanding of this book –
an attitude which as a theory actually permeates
the content and the measure of this book.
Thus the reader is apparently confronted with an impossible task:
the book he must have the “Gestaltist” mentality,
and to acquire it he must understand the book.
Fortunately, the difficulty is far from being insurmountable,
authors have not invented such a mentality.
On the contrary, we believe that the gestalt outlook is the original, undistorted, natural approach
to life, that is,
to man’s thinking, acting, feeling.
The average person, having been raised in an atmosphere
full of splits, has lost his Wholeness, his Integrity.
To come together again he has to heal the dualism of his person,
of his thinking, and of his language.
He is accustomed to thinking of contrasts – of infantile and mature,
of body and mind, organism and environment, self and reality,
as if they were opposing entities.
The unitary outlook which can dissolve such a dualistic approach
is buried but not destroyed and, as we intend to show,
can be regained with wholesome advantage.