chapter  9
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Polarization occurs when an individual identifies strongly with one end of a set of opposite characteristics. In Gestalt therapy, it is understood that the polarization process leads frequently to misattributed self and self/other definitions with a tendency to invest more and more energy in maintaining the pole with which the person has identified. A further result of such polarizations is the subsequent denial of experiences or characteristics that do not conform to the person's existing constructs.l

What Are "Polarities"?