Intimacy pp 159-173 | Cite as

Intimacy in Gestalt Therapy

  • Douglas M. Davidove


Intimacy is a function of contact in the organism/environment field. This definition conforms to Gestalt therapy’s theoretical view of human behavior, and it has been made deliberately vague. Clearly, the social use of the term intimacy is ambiguous; but whatever the difficulties in defining and applying it, it is an abstraction from the organism/environment field.


Destructive Behavior Final Contact Social Referent Intimate Behavior Deliberate Behavior 
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  1. Perls, F. S., Heffeline, R. F., & Goodman, P. Gestalt therapy: Excitement and growth in the human personality. New York: Julian Press, 1951.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas M. Davidove
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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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