CREATIVE LICENSE: THE ART OF GESTALT THERAPY
MARGHERITA SPAGNUOLO LOBB e NANCY AMENDT-LYON
Creativity, traditionally seen as a special gift of remarkable and exceptional personalities, is considered in Gestalt therapy to be a quality of spontaneous adaptation in interpersonal processes, as well as an important ingredient of healthy social living. This revolutionary concept of creativity is approached in the book from three aspects: the theoretical foundations, the healing relationship, and applications to certain social issues, such as the couple's relationship, treating psychosis and understanding children's suffering. The authors are among the most relevant contemporary Gestalt psychotherapists and researchers. Their contributions, solid representations of American and European reflections on the theme, bridge a divide between continents and reflect the productive discourse among schools of Gestalt therapy today. Edited by two experienced Gestalt psychotherapy trainers, this book is not only addressed to professionals, but also to all those who make art and curiosity about human nature an important aspect of their lives.
Table of contents
Introduction (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Nancy Amendt-Lyon) Part I: The Emergence of the Creative Field Toward a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept for Promoting Creative Process (Nancy Amendt-Lyon) On the Other Side of the Moon: The Import of Implicit Knowledge for Gestalt Therapy (Daniel N. Stern and the Boston Change Process Study Group) Therapeutic Meeting as Improvisational Co-Creation (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb) Creative Abilities and the Art of Living Well (Malcolm Parlett) "Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright Aesthetic Values as Clinical Values in Gestalt Therapy (Daniel J. Bloom) The Neuroscience of Creativity: A Gestalt Perspective (Todd Burley) Part II: The Challenge of Defining Creative Concepts Therapy as an Aesthetic Issue: Creativity, Dreams, and Art in Gestalt Therapy (Antonio Sichera) Creativity as Gestalt Therapy (Richard Kitzler) The Weighty World of Nothingness: Salomo Friedlaender's "Creative Indifference (Ludwig Frambach) The Influence of Otto Rank's Concept of Creative Will on Gestalt Therapy (Bertram Müller) Beauty and Creativity in Human Relationships (Joseph C. Zinker) The Aesthetics of Commitment: What Gestalt Therapists Can Learn from Cézanne and Miles Davis (Michael Vincent Miller) Contact and Creativity: The Gestalt Cycle in Context (Gordon Wheeler) Part III. Connecting Theory and Practice: Case Examples Embodying Creativity, Developing Experience: The Therapy Process and Its Developmental Foundation (Ruella Frank) One Therapy Session: Dialogue and Co-Creation in Child Therapy (Sandra Cardoso-Zinker) Memorable Moments in the Therapeutic Relationship (Nancy Amendt-Lyon) Part IV: A Taste of the Field in Practice Creativity in Long-Term Intimate Relationships (Joseph Melnick and Sonia March Nevis) Creativity in Family Therapy (Ed and Barbara Lynch) Creative Processes in Gestalt Group Therapy (Carl Hodges) Creative Adjustment in Madness: A Gestalt Therapy Model for Seriously Disturbed Patients (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb) The Psychoportrait: A Technique for Working Creatively in Psychiatric Institutions (Giuseppe Sampognaro) Blocks to Creativity in Organizations (Edwin C. Nevis) Biographical Notes Subject Index
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