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The process of attending to and observing
one’s own sensing, thinking, feelings, and
actions; paying attention to the fl owing nature of
one’s present-centered experience.

Awareness

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Paying attention to where
energy is located, how it is used, and how it can
be blocked.

Blocks to energy

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A disturbance in which the sense
of the boundary between self and environment
is lost.

Confluence

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An invitation for the client to
become aware of discrepancies between verbal
and nonverbal expressions, between feelings and
actions, or between thoughts and feelings.

Confrontation

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The process of interacting with nature
and with other people without losing one’s sense
of individuality. Contact is made by seeing, hearing,
smelling, touching, and moving.

Contact

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Staying with the moment-to-moment fl ow of experiencing, which leads individuals to discover how they are functioning in the world.

Continuum of awareness

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A way of avoiding contact and
awareness by being vague and indirect

Deflection

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A split by which a person experiences
or sees opposing forces; a polarity (weak/
strong, dependent/independent).

Dichotomy

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The Gestalt approach does not
interpret and analyze dreams. Instead, the intent
is to bring dreams back to life and relive them as
though they were happening now.

Dream work

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(EFT) entails the practice of therapy
being informed by understanding the role of
emotion in psychotherapeutic change.

Emotion-focused
therapy

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A role-playing intervention
in which clients play confl icting parts.
This typically consists of clients engaging in an
imaginary dialogue between different sides of
themselves.

Empty-chair technique

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Ready-made techniques that are
sometimes used to make something happen in a
therapy session or to achieve a goal.

Exercises

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Procedures aimed at encouraging
spontaneity and inventiveness by bringing
the possibilities for action directly into the
therapy session. Experiments are designed to enhance
here-and-now awareness. They are activities
clients try out as a way of testing new ways
of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Experiments

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A dynamic system of interrelationships.

Field

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Paying attention to and exploring
what is occurring at the boundary between the
person and the environment.

Field theory

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Those aspects of the individual’s experience
that are most salient at any moment.

Figure

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Describes how the
individual organizes the environment from moment
to moment and how the emerging focus of
attention is on what is fi gural.

Figure-formation process

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Those aspects of the individual’s experience
that tend to be out of awareness or in the
background.

Ground

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Attending to a client’s thoughts, feelings,
behaviors, body, and dreams.

Holism

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The stuck point in a situation in
which individuals believe they are unable to support
themselves and thus seek external support.

Impasse

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The uncritical acceptance of others’
beliefs and standards without assimilating
them into one’s own personality.

Introjection

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An individual’s
tendency to take actions and make contacts that
will restore equilibrium or contribute to change.

Organismic self-regulation

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A theoretical
position that authentic change occurs more from
being who we are than from trying to be who we
are not.

Paradoxical theory of change

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Through a therapist
asking “what” and “how” questions, clients
are assisted in noticing what is occurring in the
present moment.

Phenomenological inquiry

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The process by which we disown
certain aspects of ourselves by ascribing them to
the environment; the opposite of introjection.

Projection

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A supportive, kind, and compassionate style that emphasizes dialogue in the therapeutic relationship, rather than the confrontational style of Fritz Perls.

Relational Gestalt therapy

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The act of turning back onto
ourselves something we would like to do (or have
done) to someone else.

Retroflection

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Exercises or interventions that are
often used to bring about action or interaction,
sometimes with a prescribed outcome in mind.

Techniques

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Unexpressed feelings
(such as resentment, guilt, anger, grief) dating
back to childhood that now interfere with
effective psychological functioning; needless
emotional debris that clutters present-centered
awareness.

Unfinished business

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1. Resistance refers to defenses we develop
that prevent us from experiencing
the present in a full and real
way.

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