A Gestalt Approach to Developing Emotional Maturity in the Emerging Priest
According to Christian anthropology, each human person is considered as a whole, as substantially one. This holistic understanding of the human person leads us to the conclusion
that the different dimensions that belong to a human being are dynamic and interrelated. This article will explore how the Gestalt therapy approach with its emphases on holism, awareness, responsibility, and choice can be a very useful asset to the formator to promote the emotional maturity of the candidates to the priesthood.
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