Gestalt Therapy (book)

Gestalt Therapy is a 1951 book that outlines an extension to psychotherapy, known as gestalt therapy, written by Fritz Perls, Ralph Hefferline, and Paul Goodman. Presented in two parts, the first introduces psychotherapeutic self-help exercises, and the second presents a theory of personality development and growth.

Gestalt Therapy
First edition
AuthorFrederick Perls, Ralph Hefferline, Paul Goodman
Published1951 (Julian Press)
Pages466 pp.

The book is known in the gestalt community as "PHG".[1]

English literature professor George Levine thought of the book as the only emotionally engaging textbook he knew.[2]

Paul Goodman during the late 1940s


  1. ^ House, Richard; Kalisch, David; Proctor, Gillian (2016). "Editorial". Self & Society. 44 (4): 307–309. doi:10.1080/03060497.2016.1247590. ISSN 0306-0497 – via Taylor & Francis.
  2. ^ Levine 1973, p. 5.