Antal Livia, Olivia
Projection as theory of my basic operation examined through the theory of
self, preconception-projection and active curiosity
Reflect upon my own process in personal development comes from realization that my basic operation used to be or still is communication with constant preconceptions. Being in a constant preconception operation means that my attention is stuck in the past. The more I was getting in-
volved in Gestalt studies, the more tools I was given to identify and modify this basic hindering factor. Nice!
Working with preconceptions involves criticism, which is manifested bodily as well. Through Gestalt experiments I did realize that negative emotions are present in my body when I form a negative thought, which is not else than preconception. My observation is that these preconcept-
ions are mostly negative. I carried my critical attitude as a heavy curse so far.
In Gestalt therapy we speak of awareness, which has qualities of content (what is aware) and choice (where do I direct my awareness). Active curiosity requires the person to be in the here and now without any presumption and that’s why new, clear information can reach the person.
This clear input supports the one to pure understanding. Now I know the difference when active curiosity is present. Gestalt therapy is committed to a nonlinear process which can be the only helping process to the person, considering that the person becomes aware of the dynamics within
different fields at the same time.
The theory of self is awareness itself. To become aware of the dynamics within different fields situations, bodily noticing without intention and it is more defuse than attention is. First I hardly understood the differences between Id, Ego and Personality but after the experiment of drawing while we were listening to music I felt wised up. The experiment was three hours long and gave a very strong sensation about the theme.
Before the experiment we were asked to form a question which shows where we are in Gestalt at the moment. My own original question was whether functions overwrite each-other.