Fritz Perls

1893 - 1970

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Friedrich (Frederick) Salomon Perls (July 8, 1893 – March 14, 1970), better known as Fritz Perls, was a German-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. Perls coined the term 'Gestalt therapy' to identify the form of psychotherapy that he developed with his wife, Laura Perls, in the 1940s and 1950s. Perls became associated with the Esalen Institute in 1964, and he lived there until 1969. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fritz Perls has received more than 387,747 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Fritz Perls is the 58th most popular psychologist (down from 57th in 2019), the 708th most popular biography from Germany (down from 699th in 2019) and the 7th most popular German Psychologist.

Fritz Perls is most famous for his Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt therapy is a psychotherapy that focuses on the whole of the person and not just the individual's symptoms.

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Among psychologists, Fritz Perls ranks 58 out of 182Before him are Alexander Luria, Aaron T. Beck, Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, Edward C. Tolman, and Solomon Asch. After him are Ernst Kretschmer, Ernst Heinrich Weber, Margaret Mahler, Pierre Janet, Roger Wolcott Sperry, and Martin Seligman.

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Among people born in 1893, Fritz Perls ranks 31Before him are Damdin Sükhbaatar, Paramahansa Yogananda, Prajadhipok, Hans Fallada, Viktor Shklovsky, and Palmiro Togliatti. After him are Leslie Howard, Lillian Gish, Juana Bormann, Jomo Kenyatta, Lili Boulanger, and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. Among people deceased in 1970, Fritz Perls ranks 37Before him are Heinrich Brüning, Maud Lewis, Andrey Yeryomenko, Artem Mikoyan, Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, and John Dos Passos. After him are Arthur Adamov, Nina Ricci, Lázaro Cárdenas, Bourvil, Percy Spencer, and E. M. Forster.

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Among people born in Germany, Fritz Perls ranks 708 out of 5,289Before him are Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria (1636), Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Louisa Ulrika of Prussia (1720), Amalie Auguste of Bavaria (1801), Alfred Hugenberg (1865), and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822). After him are George, King of Saxony (1832), Margot Frank (1926), Walther Wenck (1900), Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Ottmar Hitzfeld (1949), and Clemens Brentano (1778).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Fritz Perls ranks 7Before him are Erich Fromm (1900), Erik Erikson (1902), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), Hans Eysenck (1916), and Karen Horney (1885). After him are Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), William Stern (1871), Karl Abraham (1877), Kurt Koffka (1886), and Karl Bühler (1879).