reference – authors bios’

43 authors are referenced by McCay in BEYOND MOTIVATION. In the Tydbyte Media Expanded Edition a short biography of each author has been included.

A brief synopsis of each publication is also included in the book.

I find it exciting to be able look at where the germs of McCay’s thoughts came from.
Richard E. Ward

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Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy by Fritz Perls, Ralph Hefferline and Paul Goodman is the seminal text setting forth the theoretical foundations of Gestalt therapy.

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Gestalt therapy is an existential / experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility.

Gestalt therapy focuses upon the individual’s experience in the present moment, the therapist-client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person’s life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.

Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Ralph Hefferline

Ralph Hefferline was a Psychologist and Professor of Psychol­ogy at Columbia University who co-authored Gestalt Therapy with Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman.

Gestalt Therapy is considered to be the seminal text setting forth the theoretical foundations of Gestalt therapy.

Bernard Gunther

Bernard Gunther Ph.D., was a renowned teacher, healer, counselor and best selling author, whose career spans over 40 years, and touched the lives of thousands of people.

Hailed as the first book of the human potential movement, Dr. Gunther’s “Sense Relaxation” has sold over half a million copies. His other books include: “Energy Ecstacy,” (a perennial best seller) “What to do Til the Messiah Comes,” “How the West is One,” “Neo Tantra,” and “The One Minute Enlightenment.”

Bernie, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, has studied and taught Yoga. Zen Buddhism. And Tantra as well as message, Rolfing, and Gestalt. Having known and associated throughout his long career with Fritz Perls, Roshi Joshu Sasaki, Alan Watts, and many others, Bernie has drawn on diverse disciplines to develop many innovative methods for allowing people to know their enlightened selves, and to live more abundantly.

Bernie is one of the people who helped establish the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Founded in the early sixties, Esalen was a haven for radical explorations of Gestalt, encounter groups, family therapy, and meditation – as well as for ground breaking investigations into mind / body awareness, which Bernie pioneered.

Esalen was a mecca for many innovators in the human potential arena, including; Joseph Campbell, Carlos Castaneda, Buckminster Fuller, Ram Das, Abraham Maslow, Timothy Leary, to name a few.

Bernie was significantly responsible for incorporating the importance of the body, stress reduction, touch, and body language into modern psychology. He revitalized such ancient religious rituals as the laying on of hands, washing of feet, and breaking bread. He created the world famous Esalen Message, and the “blind trust walk,” as well as numerous awareness games. Today millions throughout the world attend personal empowerment workshops, and encounter groups which use Dr. Guther’s imaginative and innovative techniques.

After Esalen, Bernie decided to venture even further beyond traditional western therapies, and spent a number of years in India studying meditation and mysticism with various teachers and gurus. He has incorporated these experiences into his own unique method for mind / body spiritual integration

Bernie’s work has been featured and celebrated on numerous television programs including “The Tonight Show,” as well as in magazines like “Playboy,” “Time,” “US,” and “Newsweek.” In 1978 Bernie made the first audience participation movie called “Come to your Senses” which included the famous laughing meditation, and the whip cream kiss, for CBS. The film became a cult classic in college campuses, and the human growth movement.

Bernie is now living in Encinitas, California, counseling in person or on the phone, utilizing his own accelerated method for dissolving conflicts and realizing the “Ultimate place of peace and silence beyond mind that’s always the core of who we truly are.”

From Body Mind Magazine.

Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972) was a novelist, playwright, poet and psychotherapist, social critic, anarchist philosopher, public intellectual, lay therapist and a co-founder of Gestalt Therapy in the 1940s and ’50 with Fritz Perls and Ralph Hefferline.

He was the author of dozens of books including Growing Up Absurd and The Community of Scholars.

Goodman was an activist on the pacifist Left in the 1960s and a frequently cited inspiration to the student movement of that decade.