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Associate Certification Course in 
Gestalt Psychology

(Inspired by the Work of Fritz Perls & as taught by Dick McHugh)

Resources, Articles & Pre-work:

Gestalt is a form of psychotherapy which teaches you tools & provides you with therapeutic skills for awareness, acceptance and self direction. It brings clients new perspectives and positive change into their lives by clear understanding of thoughts, emotions & behavior.

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to mental wellness that helps people resolve past conflicts and become more present. It can help people address symptoms of mental health conditions. The various tools and techniques you will learn will help you unmask all emotions that are not you and help you transform into your true self.

 

As Associates, we’ll work on feeling the present moment. and understanding our environment, and our thought processes to perceive the environment around us. Through various activities, exercises and practices, we’ll learn to dissociate from what's not us to associate with the beauty of the present moment.

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Premium Academic Resources (available for free)

Articles:

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There is an emphasis on perception in this particular theory of counselling. Gestalt Psychology gives attention to how we place meaning and make sense of our world and our experiences.

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Human beings constitute a large part of the world. A world full of various living beings, their subspecies and a constant cycle of life and death. Plants, animals, insects and humans all live together on this same planet

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Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you thoughts are represented through your senses. What could be a joyous event for one could be a tragedy for another and upset for yet another. 

Research Papers:

Anger: Examining Anger Variations and their Effects

Author Affiliations

Author: Anil Thomas

Co-Author: Pranjali Vatsa

Abstract

Anger is one of the simplest and primary emotions felt by human beings but this emotion can single-handedly give rise to various negative emotions like frustration, aggression, irritation, sadness, grief and pain.

Treatment of Trauma through Integrational Dissociation and Distortion

Author Affiliations

Anil Thomas

Abstract

Trauma has been one of the oldest and most difficult sufferings of humans. Even though the source of trauma has passed, there are long-lasting effects that generations have to deal with.

Gestalt Cycle: The Resistance of Commerce

Author Affiliations

Anil Thomas

Abstract

This brief report throws light on the evolution of humans, the various universal emotions that exist like happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, surprise and anger and the biological basis of the human brain, the two different hemispheres, the lobes and the functions that it performs.

  • Laws of closure
    To add a new que We tend to mentally close the contours to simplify reality. If we see a slightly curved curve that is practically closed, we will notice a circumference. It is also possible to apply this law to verbal messages.
  • Law of proximity
    The elements closest to each other tend to form a group as if they were one set. If you look at three piles of candy, you’ll notice three groups instead of seeing all the candy separately.
  • Law of similarity
    Similarity occurs when forms, colors, sizes or objects look enough alike to be perceived as a group or pattern in the viewer’s mind.
  • Figure and ground
    Figure-Ground refers to the relationship between an object and its surroundings. Do you see the figure in front of you or the background? Sometimes, it’s easy to pick out the Figure, which is the object (the positive space) from the Ground, which is everything else (the negative space). But it can be difficult, at other times, to pick out the figure from the ground. It’s important to keep a balance between the negative and positive space as well as making the figure a quick read. In other words, be sure to make a clear distinction between the figure and the ground. We have all seen Rubin’s glass at one time or another; it is the best-known example of this phenomenon. We will have realized that it is impossible to perceive the faces and the cup at the same time.
  • Law of simplicity
    The law of simplicity indicates that our mind perceives everything in its simplest form. Mastering design simplicity requires you to balance two often competing considerations: the use of uncomplicated shapes and objects and the need to produce striking design effects.
  • Law of symmetry
    The Law of Symmetry is the gestalt grouping law that states that elements that are symmetrical to each other tend to be perceived as a unified group. Similar to the law of similarity, this rule suggests that objects that are symmetrical with each other will be more likely to be grouped together than objects not symmetrical with each other. This is a lawful statement of the role of symmetry in determining figure-ground perception.
  • Law of continuity
    We prefer to ignore the abrupt changes in an image we are seeing. Generally speaking, we pay more attention to the characteristics of a stimulus that allow us to perceive a smooth continuity. One example is that if we are walking around and notice on a poster an A covered in half by a street lamp, we will continue to know that the letter is A and read the text without difficulties.

Next live training dates are from 15th to 18th Aug 2024.

A transformational 4 day live training experience, offering a hybrid flexibility: 

  • Attend in person in Mumbai or 

  • Join online from the comfort of your home

Timings 12pm to 10pm on all 4 days.

Admissions are open. Apply now to check vision alignment and join the course.

Early bird registrations currently ongoing.

Available on Registration

Premium Academic Resources

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Introduction to Gestalt

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Access to the preview classes of 2023.

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Intro Day

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Introduction to Gestalt.

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Managing state before breath work

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Psychologists of diverse orientations have utilized breathing interventions for a wide range of purposes and in a myriad of contexts.

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What is Gestalt 

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Gestalt therapy is associated historically with the “Third Wave” in clinical psychology. However, it is best conceived as a holistic and assimilating approach capable of integrating essential tenets of cognitive behavioral, psychoanalytic, systems, and body-oriented modalities. It is experiential. It is existential. It is phenomenological, and it is behavioral. Gestalt therapy provides a therapist with a natural way of being with clients, but it defies easy mastery or simplistic reduction.

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Gestalt Mentors

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Frederick or Friedrich Salomon Perls entered the history as Fritz Perls, a famous psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He was a Jew born in Germany who developed an absolutely new approach in psychotherapy. According to this theory, one of the primary objectives of Gestalt therapy is the ability to restore self-awareness which is lost when a psychological disorder becomes evident.

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Gestalt Psychology

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Gestalt literally translates to ‘unified whole’. It is a psychological term that hypotheses that people tend to organise visual elements into groups or ‘unified wholes’ when a certain principle is applied. Basically, the whole is different from the sum of its parts.

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White Triangle

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The human mind can perceive wonderful things- those that are there and those that aren‟t. We have the power to view reality as more or less than what it is. What we observe and perceive defines how our brain functions, and what truths we prefer or are conditioned to see from our surroundings. On a daily basis, notice how your brain comprehends interactions, beliefs and transactions. You will notice that a lot of the real world is distorted because of our perception. Our mind has a tendency to fill the gaps in our knowledge, or our surroundings through language, for them to make more sense to us.

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Intro to Unfinished Business and chair

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People have a lot of worries and difficulties in life. The problem occurs when people carry all the emotions attached to them throughout their life or repress their emotions regarding them. Not confronting such difficult situations will ultimately lead to individuals living their life with a lot of negative emotions such as anger, guilt, shame etc.

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Role Identity 

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Gestalt psychology proposes that the brain works holistically, parallelly, and analogously with self-organization tendencies. It emphasizes that the human mind groups similar elements, recognizes patterns and simplifies complex images when we perceive objects

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Balance is Key (Polarity Collapse)

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Polarity is a concept which was brought in psychology by Carl Jung. He described a polarity as the relationship between two elements that are on opposite ends of a spectrum, with neither element, or in this case, pattern of behavior and perception, being right or wrong.

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Integrating masculinity & feminity polarity

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polarity is a concept of dualism between masculine and feminine. More generally, the term may be used to denote mutual opposition between sexual ideologies.

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Some Concepts

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1.Phenomenology, 2.Fantasy- Self-Hypnosis, 3.Projection-Introjection, 4.Homeostasis, 5.Somatic Syntax, 6.Bioenergetics 7.Bioenergetics

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Memory and Cognition

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In some ways memory is like file drawers where you store mental information. Some drawers are interconnected, some are not. There are some of these drawers we access at times, others are just there, some are totally disjoint from the others, some are so far off place that we cannot even access the data and sometimes we forget which particular drawer has what data.

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Trauma & Gestalt

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Trauma has been one of the oldest and most difficult sufferings of humans. Even though the source of trauma has passed, there are long-lasting effects that generations have to deal with.

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Language Creates Experience 

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Initially, Gestalt theory was essentially formulated at the level of sensory perception, particularly at the level of visualization. It soon became clear, however, that Gestalt principles were not only relevant to perception but also to other cognitive procedures such as language processing and the determination of meaning.

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Psychodrama (Matrix)

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The purpose of psychodrama is to resolve conflicts and gain insight through action rather than talk alone. Through role-play, thoughts, feelings and behaviours emerge simultaneously to bring to light what is being carried (and often repressed) in the Psyche. One specific application in clinical situations is for people suffering from dysfunctional attachments.

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Abnormal Psychology

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Abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are "abnormal" or "atypical" compared to the members of a given society. Abnormal Psychology concerns itself with the understanding, study, and treatment of mental illness.

Learning is the discovery that something is possible
-Fritz Perls

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