Creative Abilities and the Art of Living Well

  • Malcolm Parlett


At a recent meeting of about twenty experienced Gestalt practitioners in Britain, someone asked the question: “What attracted us to Gestalt therapy?” The responses varied, but there was one recurring theme - that the Gestalt approach made sense in a real-life way. It was a philosophy and method to be lived, not just a theory to be talked about, and not merely a specialized approach to psychotherapy. Rather, it was suggestive of a way to be in the world that we had independently discovered to be richer, truer, and more satisfying for ourselves than other paths tried. It offered a means of cultivating “the art of living well”.


Artistic Work Creative Artist Artistic Education Creative Ability Human Strength 
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