Fritz Perls Books

Ego Hunger and Aggression: A revision of Freud's theory and Method. (1947)

G. Allen & Unwin ltd. London. Perls, Frederick, Goodman, Paul, & Hefferline, Ralph (1951). Excitement and Growth in Human Personality. Julian Press; New York.


Essential reading for any serious student of Gestalt therapy, Perls' first book (originally published in South Africa in 1942) contains the seeds of Gestalt therapy's theoretical foundations and introduces such concepts as the "hunger instinct" and "oral aggression" and "oral resistance."

Ego, Hunger and Aggression: The beginning of Gestalt Therapy. (1969)

Random House; New York.

Gestalt Therapy Verbatim. (1969)

Compiled and edited by John O. Stevens. Real People Press; Lafyette, CA.


Compiled and edited from transcriptions of three workshop/demonstrations that took place at the Esalen Institute in 1968, the first section of this book includes four lectures wherein Perls presents a clear explanation in simple terms of the basic ideas he believed underlie the philosophy and methodology of Gestalt therapy. The lectures are followed by verbatim transcripts of work Perls did with workshop participants. This Gestalt Journal edition includes an introduction by Michael Vincent Miller that explores the political and cultural milieu when Gestalt therapy leapt to the "theatrical forefront" of the human potential movement.

In and Out of the Garbage Pail. (1969)

Real People Press; Lafayette, CA.


A novel autobiography in which the author applies his theory of focusing on awareness, writing "whatever wants to be written." Partly in poetic form, often playful, sometimes theoretical, the book is a many-faceted mosaic of memories and reflections on his life - in the past and at the moment - and on the origins and continuing development of Gestalt therapy. This is an exact reproduction of the original 1969 Real People Press edition and includes all the original illustrations by artist Russ Youngreen.

The Gestalt Approach and Eye Witness to Therapy. (1973)

Science and Behavior Books; Palo Alto, CA.