This work hermeneutically revisits the original theory of self in Perls, Hefferline and Goodman (1951), in the light of social change and contemporary clinical evidence. Its aim is to develop innovative aspects of the phenomenological and aesthetic soul of Gestalt therapy approach that are useful in contemporary society. Beginning with the definition of "self as contact" (hence as "experience of the world"), the author focuses then on the background experience. In this way, she includes developmental aspects of the experience of the client as well as psychopathological aspects in the unitary concept of self - as - unfolding in the here and now. These aspects were originally banned from the theory of self as if they were an obstacle to the phenomenological view of the actual experience of the client. In this way, the author realizes a concept of self that includes the co-created figure at the contact boundary as well as the ground experience: developmental patterns of contact-making and the rigid and desensitized perception. These characterize the suffering of the between. She also considers the role of the therapist’s own experience using the therapist’s "aesthetic relational knowledge" as a tool, which is the sensory intelligence of the shared phenomenological field.
Keywords: Theory of self, phenomenology, esthetic relational knowledge, figure, ground, development, psychopathology, phenomenological field, sensory intelligence, here and now, now for next.