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-colloquial expression, used freely by Perls, to denounce intellectualizing. He distinguished between 'chickensh_t', 'bullsh_t' and 'elephant sh_t' ...depending on the extent of these defensive intellectual games, rationalisations or long verbalisations, - which he believed were generally unproductive. In an over-reaction to psychoanalysis, he dismissed all theorising. (_s inserted by editor)

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.