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Quote of the day: QUESTIONS

September 18, 2016


You may have wondered about the fact that I almost never answer questions during therapy. Instead I usually ask the patient to change the question into a statement. The question mark has a hook the patient may use for many purposes, such as to embarrass the other person or, more often, to prevent himself from discovering what is really going on. This asking for environmental support keeps one in the infantile state. You will find that nothing develops your intelligence better than to take any question and turn it into a genuine statement. Suddenly the background will start to open up, and the ground from which the question grows will become visible.

–Fritz Perls


Quote of the day: REDEMPTION

January 15, 2014


I don’t want to be saved — I want to be spent!

— Fritz Perls

Fritz Perls

Quote of the day: RETALIATION

April 30, 2010


The straightforward tendency to retaliate is seldom encountered …  Most adults display their pleasure in vindictiveness vicariously: by reading crime stories, or following court proceedings, or indulging in righteousness, or pushing the execution of revenge onto God or fate. Admittedly, revengefulness is not one of the pleasant characteristics of humanity, but being convicted at one’s own expense produces inhibitions which leave situations incomplete; where retaliation, if it is taken in the form of gratitude or revenge, definitely closes an account.

— Fritz Perls

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