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Unread December 16th, 2007, 08:18 AM
Brian O'Neill Brian O'Neill is offline
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Default Re: Discussion on Field Theory and Gestalt therapy

Hi Dan and good to see you here.

I am wondering how you would describe the field perspective in Perls, Hefferliene and Goodman then. Would you say this is a phenomenal field?

As for quantum physics, I'm interested then in how you would relate to the following from the article I have coming out in the next Gestal Review -

"Sometimes the nature of light as particle or wave is dependant on whether it is observed or not. This has become known as the “wave-particle duality” (Einstein and Infield 1938, Bohm & Hiley, 1993, Lightman 2000). "

" A wave-particle duality is one in which identity is both matter and field. This resembles the struggle in Perls, Hefferline and Goodman (1951, 1984 edition) in understanding the ‘system of contacts” and “agent of growth’ duality in the nature of self, although as Crocker (1999) notes, this was not clearly articulated in PHG. Hence Gestalt theory struggles with a similar duality of relativistic quantum theory. We are a particle (agent of growth) and a wave phenomenon (system of contacts in the organism/environment field). PHG’s original notion of self correlates with that of physics - we are field and matter, aware of our unique nature and intrinsically part of an organism/environment field"

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