Thursday, 5 April 2018

Gestalt Therapy with a Twist





I took notice of the Gestalt Therapy thanks to Doctor Lea Maria's studies. 


She did her bachelor late when compared to most people (after her thirty-year-old mark). 


I was sharing an apartment with her during that time. 


She always read quite a lot, so that we always had space for more books at home, and all those from her course ended up on our home shelves. 


That is when I read her university book about The Gestalt. 


I am into acting since little - mum put me in together with the Catholic school - so that I know Gestalt is about acting: Simulate that you have your person of injury in front of you in a chair, and you are conversing with them...


The whole meaning is being able to tell them what you would not normally tell them. 


That is supposed to give you catharsis or freedom from that pain, what Hubbard calls changing our minds into a non-reactive place (in other words). 


I today found out that we can do better than that, since that realistically produced no effect in me: We can try to approach the issue in several ways, and everything, to my astonishment, is actually connected to learning. 


In Education, we have theories, and theories about how we learn. 


In one of those, the most basic one, we are told that some people learn better through images whilst others learn better through writing. 


They basically talk about resources we should be using in this case: That who learns through images should get more pictures, drawings, and so on. That who learns through texts should get more articles, websites with very few images, and so on. 


We should make the person write a play in stages: In the first stage, they think of a moment of their lives that happens when they are little; the earliest memory that comes to their heads when they think about the proposal. 


The second stage would be about recasting the scene that they wrote about, and 750 words would be a more-than-OK mark for the scene we just mentioned and its recastings, which would then include more creation, since the original scene was our natural life, so say we make it all to the side of love instead of hate, we now have fewer characters, and so on. 


Only a few recastings would do, so say at most five.


The third stage would be about a conflict; same thing: About 750 words. 


We then invert positions and rewrite, this time in a creative manner (what would the oppressor say in their defence?). 


The fourth stage is about writing full descriptions for each character; about 500  words. 


In the last stage, we put it all together, and write a scene that focuses on dialogue. 


If possible, we enhance drama and conflict and make it all more palatable through some adjustments. 


We can drop the chair in full here, and do it all via writing to get catharsis...





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