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I'm now sharing blog posts on my Wordpress blog and on Scoop.it as user New Gestalt.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...

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A lot of thought-provoking social commentary.  I think the Guevara image - perhaps meant create an edgy style - is a bit too polarizing, and I don't quite agree with the suggestion of simply reversing the either/or stereotypes of "inner" and "outer". 

 

Beyond that, the takeaway for me is the focus on broadening the scope of "empathy" - to see the ways it can be explored and made available to enrich an individual's relationship to a more diverse world of other people and social conditions.  Beyond that I like the reconstruction of empathy as a shared value, as something that is held collectively by a group or culture.

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Phenomenology for Therapists

Phenomenology for Therapists | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it

 

A new book by Linda Finlay, who has made a career based on bridging the life-worlds of practicing psychotherapy and qualitative research.  A collection of her articles and papers may be found online at:

http://www.lindafinlay.co.uk/

 

From the Publisher:

 

This book provides an accessible comprehensive exploration of phenomenological theory and research methods and is geared specifically to the needs of therapists and other health care professionals.

 

An accessible exploration of an increasingly popular qualitative research methodology


Explains phenomenological concepts and how they are applied to different stages of the research process and to topics relevant to therapy practice


Provides practical examples throughout

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What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

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Study: Meditation Can Make Us More Empathetic

Study: Meditation Can Make Us More Empathetic | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
Turning the inner eye outward activates the brain area responsible for empathy and improves our ability to read the facial expressions of others.

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Social Networks: Where Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model Misses

Social Networks: Where Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model Misses | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it

Although positioned as an insight relative to social media (and what isn't, these days?) this article touches on a basic paradigm shift in how human intelligence works.

 

According to the author, Maslow's popular "hierarchy of needs" would better be replaced by a model that recognises that needs and motivations aren't hierarchical and they aren't individualistic. 

 

Connection and community are basic to everything we do as humans.

 

The author states:

 

Maslow’s model needs rewiring so it matches our brains.  Belongingness is the driving force of human behavior, not a third tier activity.  The system of human needs from bottom to top, shelter, safety,sex, leadership, community, competence and trust, are dependent on our ability to connect with others.

 


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David Whyte on poetry & poem EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU

David Whyte ( http://www.DavidWhyte.com ) with a short, profound statement on poetry and language on New Dimensions Radio ( http://www.newdimensions.org/prog...
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Soul Spelunker: A Critique of Rugged Individualism

Soul Spelunker: A Critique of Rugged Individualism | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it

We carry multiple Beings in our Souls because we carry each other and the world. The archetypes are all of us, all the myriad types and styles of Beings that compose our world, human and non-human. We really are the world and the world is us. The idea that we must integrate into a central and strictly human Self seems to be a desire to retain the Western sense of individuality and Ego, and the attitude of superiority of human over non-human.

 

The sense of individuality we possess makes us susceptible to denying the sense of self to non-human beings:


For individuals in industrialized society, the sense of self is felt to be and understood to exist within the confines of that person. Further, the only beings that are assumed to possess this sort of subjectivity are humans; other beings, lacking this subjectivity, become an other and as such, are of lesser value. Moreover, any point of view which does understand nonhuman beings as possessing an individual self charged with spirit, soul and intelligence is dismissively accused of animism or of anthropomorphizing the outer world. Animism is defined by Freud as nothing but the projection of primitive man’s emotional impulses. As a result of that sweeping assumption, the whole of the highly complex, sensuous and intelligent natural world is reduced to mindless things, blank screens. But by declaring ourselves the only beings with intelligence and a sense of self, we have, in many ways, placed ourselves in a vulnerable position (Rocky Greene, What does the Individuation Process have to do with the Earth?).


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Brené Brown: Listening to shame | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.
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Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes

Story Structure Diagrams « Ingrid's Notes | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it

It's fascinating to consider the universality of story arcs and cycles and the way they appear, independently it seems, in psychotherapy theory as well as drama and storytelling.  The story cycle diagrams in this article have a distinct resemblance to the "Experience Cycle" model in Gestalt therapy theory.  Can these theories learn from one another by comparing notes?

 

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Yes, it's true, I've had story structure on the brain. I've also recently joined pinterest (of which I immediately became addicted). But there's a happy side effect of these two obsessions… this post!

 

Holy Cow! Here's a blog post with 10 different diagrams on story structure! I doubt you will ever need another story structure diagram after looking at these.

 

Some are similar. Some have their own unique twist. And then there's the 17 stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to explore. Yikes -- that's a big one!

 

Of course, the simplest story structure is: problem -- resolution. Add to that a set-up/context in the beginning and a meaningful close at the end, and you are done.

 

Hah -- would that storytelling could be so simple! As every professional storyteller will tell you, a powerful story is all in the delivery. Still, if you don't follow the structures in these diagrams, you will simply end up with a plot-based description: "I went to the store. I bought some bread. I came home." No story there! I doubt you would pay money for that one.

 

Soooo -- check out these diagrams, use them to craft your stories, and you are half-way there. Then go work on your delivery :)

 

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TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STORY STRUCTURE DIAGRAMS. WHICH LOOKS MOST LIKE THE ONE WE HAVE DONE IN CLASS?

Nathan Schultz's curator insight, November 25, 2015 6:10 PM

A more humerous link, this article uses various funny graphics to explain the basics of plot, character arcs, four act structures, ect.  Interesting because it using a newer medium to better explain an old medium.

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The extremely personal computer: The digital future of mental health - Nextgov

The extremely personal computer: The digital future of mental health - Nextgov | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
The extremely personal computer: The digital future of mental healthNextgov"Welcome back, kiddo," Regina, your therapist avatar, greets you. Regina has shiny red hair and glasses, and the Australian accent of a Bond girl.
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Go Go Gestalt: The Theories Video Shoot, Part I

Go Go Gestalt: The Theories Video Shoot, Part I | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
There’s nothing quite like experiencing embarrassment in the Here and Now. Today Rita and I started a several day video shoot to produce counseling and psychotherapy demonstrations to go with the s...
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After homo economicus, is homo biomedicus next? : RSA blogs

After homo economicus, is homo biomedicus next? : RSA blogs | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
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From the article, speaking of something I think most of us have suspected at one time or another:

 

"..we might be right now witnessing a bona fide revolution that may change mental health services so radically, ‘they will be unrecognisable to the children of my generation.’ As Emma points out, the debate is as much driven by differing concepts of human nature as it is by politics, and the struggle for professional relevance and power"


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Compassionate Communication

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Johanna Treweeke: This article offers some good, practical perspectives on communication skills, in language that everyone can understand.  Of course, there's lot more to conflict resolution and the specific field determines what kind of techniques would work best.  But I really like this as an explanation of the principles, with examples that make them easy to grasp.

I also want to add, that this model lacks the key role shame plays in the way feelings and needs are negotiated in relationships.

 

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Journaling for Mental Health

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Journaling is best prescription for mental health improvement...

 

Recognizing that you are in a downward spiral is the first step to correcting it. You must become self-aware and really see what you are doing in your life. One way to do this is through journaling. By writing down your thoughts and feelings throughout the day and week you can see patterns that arise. Are you always depressed after work? Do you dread the weekends? Do you have someone in your life that brings you down, or someone that brings you up? All these questions can be answered by writing regularly in a journal.


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Dr. Jennifer Howard Article: Deep Questioning

Dr. Jennifer Howard Article: Deep Questioning | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
How do you feel when you don't know the answer to a question?

You might be thinking, well that depends on the question. Yet, many people feel anxious when they don't have answers.
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Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa

Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it

Familiar polarities, impasses, and mismatches in self and relationship - might be images of the way the brain coordinates very different ways of functioning.  Can we take this story a bit further?  Mindfulness may be the ability that creates dynamic balance and adaptivity from disconnect.

 

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"When the brain's analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed, research led by Case Western Reserve University found."

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Gestalt Coaching - An Overview

This article (from 2005) is a clear description of how Gestalt therapy princlples and practices apply in the coaching field, including sections on core assumptions,  the Gestalt coaching "stance", and awareness, and the orientation towards "problems".

 

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Carl Jung - Where Does Meaning Come From

Excerpt from Jung - A Very Short Introduction Narrated by Anthony Stevens Originally uploaded years ago on my previous channel.
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Chocolates, radishes, and the changing landscape of psychology | A ...

Chocolates, radishes, and the changing landscape of psychology | A ... | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
I can get dizzy trying to keep up with how rapidly and radically the field of psychology is changing. I certainly can't capture the entire scope of its development, but there is a growing movement towards “physicality,” the role and ...

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.

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Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience | Research Topics

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience | Research Topics | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Research topic: The social neuroscience of affective touch.
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Friday Findings Change of Perspective

Friday Findings Change of Perspective | Gestalt Therapy | Scoop.it
The Dulwich Centre of Australia, one of the global repositories of narrative resources and instruction, offers the first two chapter of Alice Morgan's text What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction.
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Education as Re-Embedding

How we know, is at least as important as what we know: Before educationalists can begin to teach sustainability, we need to explore our own views of the world and how these are formed. The paper explores the ontological assumptions that underpin, usually implicitly, the pedagogical relationship and opens up the question of how people know each other and the world they share. Using understandings based in a phenomenological approach and guided by social constructionism, it suggests that the most appropriate pedagogical method for teaching sustainability is one based on situated learning and reflexive practice. To support its ontological questioning, the paper highlights two alternative culture‘s ways of understanding and recording the world: Those of the Inca who inhabited pre-Columbian Peru, which was based on the quipu system of knotted strings, and the complex social and religious system of the songlines of the original people of Australia. As an indication of the sorts of teaching experiences that an emancipatory and relational pedagogy might give rise to, the paper offers examples of two community learning experiences in the exemplar sustainable community of Stroud, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom where the authors live.

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