Fritz Perls – suffering, rebellion, war, Zen, theater and finally psychotherapy


Fritz Perls (1893-1970) is, without doubt, one of the greatest psychotherapists in history. Raised by an autocratic, strict father and a mother who had very high aspirations for him, he lived torn between two beliefs:


"I'm a piece of shit" and

"I must be great and great."


This gave him the drive, led him to rebel, and made him understand the suffering of others.


Despite family pressure to study law, Perls enrolled in medical studies that were interrupted by World War I. As a soldier in the German army, he fought in the trenches and experienced the horrors of the war firsthand.

After the end of the war, he brought his diploma to an end and began practicing medicine