Gestalt & Therapeutic Change

There are so many poor examples of Gestalt on YouTube, so here’s a lovely one of Erv Polster talking with a client about how therapy isn’t about changing a person but about understanding and discovering them. This is Beisser’s (1970) Paradoxical Theory of Change in action and part of the hard work of therapy:

“Briefly stated, it is this: that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is — to be fully invested in his current positions. By rejecting the role of change agent, we make meaningful and orderly change possible.”