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egotism (Gestalt)

-a 'resistance' with a rather specific meaning, as defined by Goodman. Artificial over-expansion of the ego, which aims to encourage narcissism and the taking of personal responsibility, as a means of preparing for autonomy. It is thus a temporary therapeutic device. As with transference neurosis in psychoanalysis, this temporary phase must be worked through in the course of Gestalt therapy.

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.


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