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mental shuttle

- to-ing and fro-ing between the (socially observable) external reality and inner reality (what the client experiences phenomenologically or in fantasy), between the feeling and verbal awareness, between the client's everyday life and the metaphorical situation represented in the here-and-now of the session, between the present and the past, etc. The shuttle is widely used in Gestalt.

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.