Abstract

It may be an opportune time in the evolution of Gestalt theory to address how Gestalt therapy and physics have developed the terms “field” and “field theory,” and the interrelationships between the two approaches. Gestalt therapist Malcolm Parlett, among others, has noted certain advances in physics that have moved beyond Maxwell's initial formulation of the electromagnetic field. These include the quantum field, the relativistic quantum field and, most recently, the work of Bohm and others on relativistic quantum fields. These advanced notions of field are beyond the original field theory speculations of Smuts, Lewin, Wertheimer, and some Gestalt therapy theorists. The possible implications for Gestalt therapy of this expanded perception of the field in physics are outlined below both theoretically and clinically.

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