Fritz Perls

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Fritz Perls AKA Mr. Natural AKA Friedrich (Frederick) Salomon Perls

Germany / America 1893 - 1970

Comments: father of 'Gestalt therapy' ; enhanced awareness of sensation, perception, bodily feelings, emotion and behavior, in the present moment; was the star of many an underground cartoon by Robert Crumb;

Teachers; Dr. Kurt Goldstein; Sigmund Freud; Wilhelm Reich; Jan Smuts; Karen Horney; Kurt Lewin ; Otto Rank; Carl Rogers;

Students:Gregory Bateson; John Grinder; Richard Bandler; Chuck Furnace; Robert Crumb, artist; Laura Perls, wife; Jim Simkin; Roberto Assagioli;

Friends: Paul Goodman, co-founder of Gestalt Therapy ;

Organizations: Esalen Institute;

Author; Ego, Hunger and Aggression (1942, 1947); Perls, F., Hefferline, R., & Goodman, P., Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality (1951); Gestalt Therapy Verbatim (1969); In and Out the Garbage Pail (1969); The Gestalt Approach and Eye Witness to Therapy (1973);

Resources:; training in 1972, 1973 New Haven, CT