Hello, everyone. This video is part of the post for “Difference between psychology and spirituality”.
Now, in addition to what I already said in the post, we will consider some similarities. An essential similarity is creativity. How are psychology and spirituality similar, how are they similar about creativity? I already mentioned that spirituality is connected with creativity in the post “Narrate, not hope” and in the video for the post “Difference between religion and spirituality”.
Now, about the relationship between spirituality and psychology, we will consider a specific aspect of psychology. There is a kind of psychology, an orientation, a way of organizing research and treatment of the patient in psychology. This orientation is called, with a German word, psychology of the Gestalt. What is Gestalt? This German word means “shape”, “form”, or we can say “representation”.
This word means that Gestalt is the way the patient figures his life, his reality, his conceptions, his problems, whatever it is. What’s the importance of this? The importance is in that the psychologist who follows this methodology, when they have to deal with the patient, instead of framing the patient in a specific psychological view and instead of thinking “Oh, you are this kind of person, you belong to these categories, you have this kind of personality”, we understand that this way of proceeding frames, puts the patient like in a cage, putting like a label on his forehead: “You are this”. This means that this way the psychology, the psychologist is not really putting attention to the person, who he is having in front of him, because this way the psychologist, from then on, is, to a great extent, listening to his frame rather than to the person. So, instead, the psychology of Gestalt tries to be more open. The psychology of Gestalt assumes that the psychologist does not know who the patient is, the psychologist does not know what the problem is. So, the psychologist starts from an a position of, we can say, of ignorance and all of his experience and all of his studies need to be reorganized, rebuilt, in order to be adapted to the specific case that the psychologist has in front of him or her. So, the psychologist thinks “I don’t know, I need to rethink all the things that I know”. Every case is, to a great extent, new, so the psychologist needs to adapt himself, his thoughts, his schemes to the new person that is in front of them.
Now, as we said, or going to say, this has to do with creativity, because this way the psychologist needs, as I said, to rebuild, to recreate new schemes, new paradigms, new ideas to really understand, to really figure what kind of personality, what kind of patient he is facing in front of him. So, we can realize this way that creativity and listening are strictly connected. So, the psychologist who is listening, really listening to the patient, is creating new schemes, new frames, new ideas to adapt and to understand the patient. Vice versa, the person who is creating these new frames, is really listening, because this way he is really putting attention to the person, to the new person that they have in front of them.
Now we can consider another aspect of these two things that are connected, creativity, listening and the fact that they make spirituality and psychology similar because of this adoption of the Gestalt in psychology. Another element is that the fact of listening, the action of listening and being attentive to adapt our frames, our mentality to the person that is in front of us, this is of great importance about society, because we know that our existence, our personality, our feeling immersed in a living world, that is society, has to do with listening. We know that the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said that the other people are the hell, because other people have this instinct, like we said the psychologist, to frame us inside their frames. So, when I meet not only the psychologist, but anybody, Sartre said “I feel in a cage, in the cage of the frames of the other person”. But now we see that, by putting in practice this spirituality of listening and spirituality of creativity, we are not anymore just the hell to other people because of our framing the other person inside our categories, our mentality, but, instead, we can become those people who help the other person to exist, because I feel myself existing when I see that people think about me and they adapt their thought according to how I perceive myself and we grow all together, so I feel that society makes me exist.
Together with this, we can say spirituality makes me exist because, if in a society everybody makes a work to practice this kind of listening and creating our understanding of the other person, this means that in this kind of society we let each other exist, we help each other to exist, to build our identity, our personality. So this becomes a resource of spirituality, rather than the problem that Sartre said.
That’s it. So this is what I wanted to show this time with this video: this similarity that makes spirituality and psychology similar, both creative, both listening and both helping to be growing people, existing people, people feeling their existence, thanks to the person that is in front of us. So, see you in next videos. I invite you to the website Spiritual Study and there is the forum available to express your ideas, to be active and to be present, to express yourself. See you next time.