Fixed – Therapy Tales #407


Yet another from my current readings on Gestalt therapy, following on from the last cartoon.

In case you’re not familiar, there’s a rather nice passage on Wikipedia:

“From the perspective of this theory of self, neurosis can be seen as fixed predictability – a fixed Gestalt – and the process of therapy can be seen as facilitating the client to become unpredictable – more responsive to what is in the client’s present environment, rather than responding in a stuck way to past introjects or other learning. If the therapist has expectations of how the client should end up, this defeats the aim of therapy.”

That’s on the section on self and field theory. A rather wonderful notion that I’ve mocked gently in another cartoon.

The vase-looking object in this cartoon is based on a well known gestalt picture (the Rubin Vase to be precise), relating to the perceptual field, and specifically figure-ground perception.

Basically, you can only see one or the other at any one time. Trying to see both at once can melt your brain*.

Kind of like therapy.

So this is, as so often, a mashup of two theoretical concepts within the same field (see what I did there) shamelessly justaposed in the interests of cartooning humour.

That is all.

*not really.


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