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Anil Thomas

Master NLP Practitioner & Gestalt Therapist

What is ‘the self’ in gestalt therapy?

In philosophical understanding, the ‘self’ is something that is a large part of a human being and that co-exists with the notion of ‘others’. So if there is ‘self’, then there are ‘others’. Therefore it means, ‘self’ cannot exist without ‘others’ and is connected to ‘others’ through relationships. When ‘self’ is explored through therapy, the person’s feelings and emotions in relation to ‘others’ are explored too.

The concept of self can also be compared to the Freudian concept of ‘ego’. In Greek, the personal pronoun used to designate the first person is ‘ego’, and the Gestalt approach also revolves around the ‘I’.

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