From home to world: when excitement turns into fear of going to school. A gestalt perspective on refusal to go to school

Author/s Sebastiano Messina
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/2
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 77-88 File size 574 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2010-002006
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Fear of school is an increasingly common phenomenon that concerns children. This article offers an analysis of the phenomenon according to the Gestalt view, paying attention to the relation between the organism and the environment. The way the child manages his own anxiety towards the novelty causes contacts cycle interruptions which negatively affects the quality of school experience. The article considers the manifestations of fear of school according to the type of contact cycle interruption, it also contains an useful scheme for the formulation of a therapeutic intervention in order to support the child to restore a nourishing relation with the environment.

Keywords: Gestalt Therapy, school psychology, school anxiety, field Theory, fear, specific support

Sebastiano Messina, Dalla casa al mondo: quando l’eccitazione diventa paura di andare a scuola. Una lettura gestaltica del rifiuto della scuola in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 2/2010, pp 77-88, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2010-002006