Laura Perls

Psychologist, Deceased Person

1905 – 1990

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Who was Laura Perls?

Laura Perls was a noted German-born psychologist and psychotherapist who helped establish the Gestalt school of psychotherapy.

She became interested in psychology when she was 16. Like many before and after her, her interest began after reading Freud's 1899 The Interpretation of Dreams.

In 1930 she married Friedrich Perls. They had met while working at the Frankfurt Psychological Institute. At Frankfurt University Lore Posner had earned a doctorate in Gestalt Psychology. In 1933 the Perls had to flee Germany during the rise of Nazi power. They then spent ten years in South Africa. It was there that the Perls wrote their first book together, Ego, Hunger and Aggression, published in 1942. This work held the beginnings for their new theory of psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, which consisted of facing the client to notice his or her postures and gestures.

In 1951, having moved to New York, the Perls, together with Paul Goodman and Ralph Hefferline published Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality. By 1952, with the help of Paul Goodman, they had established The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

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Born
Aug 15, 1905
Pforzheim
Also known as
  • Перлз, Лаура
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Nationality
  • Germany
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Died
Jul 13, 1990
Pforzheim

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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