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By Frank-M. Staemmler

Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the 1st publication of Staemmler’s writings to be released in English. In the early sections of this book, Staemmler (supported via his Buddhist spouse, Barbara) comprehensively explores and questions the conventional Gestalt remedy conception of aggression and proposes a brand new method of operating with anger and hostility. additional sections contain in-depth examinations of the subjects of time (the "Here and Now" and "Regressive Processes") and figuring out ("Dialogue and Interpretation" and "Cultivated Uncertainty"). From Staemmler’s "critical gaze," Dan Bloom observes, "concepts come to be refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs with a view to proceed to enhance the speculation and perform of latest Gestalt therapy." 

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A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g Panksepp, who has done extensive research on emotions and has categorized them on the basis of neurophysiologic data: 1. The SEEKING17 system . This emotional system is a coherently operating neuronal network that promotes a certain class of survival abilities. This system makes animals intensely interested in exploring their world and leads them to become excited when they are about to get what they desire. It eventually allows animals to find and eagerly anticipate the things they need for survival, including, of course, food, water, warmth, and their ultimate evolutionary survival need, sex....

A g g r e s s io n , T im e , & U n d e r s t a n d in g Panksepp, who has done extensive research on emotions and has categorized them on the basis of neurophysiologic data: 1. The SEEKING17 system . This emotional system is a coherently operating neuronal network that promotes a certain class of survival abilities. This system makes animals intensely interested in exploring their world and leads them to become excited when they are about to get what they desire. It eventually allows animals to find and eagerly anticipate the things they need for survival, including, of course, food, water, warmth, and their ultimate evolutionary survival need, sex....

Oral-aggression" (Wheeler 1996, p. 130 — italics in original) picture of mankind, according to which he placed one's ozvn growth and well-being first — including the psychic health of the client with whom he happened to work at a given moment. The harmful impact that "giving vent to one's aggression" and "letting oneself go" can have on other people and on one's relationships with them (and on the aggressor himself) apparently were not of major interest for him. However, they are absolutely remarkable, as we will demonstrate below (see reference points 1,9,11).

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