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withdrawal (Gestalt)

- the fourth and final stage of the contact cycle according to Goodman, which enables an experience to be assimilated, (personality function of the self), and creates the sense of identity. Too brutal or slow (confluence) a withdrawal is a sign of dysfunction, which hinders the development of autonomy.

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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