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Fritz Perls

1893 - 1970

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Friedrich 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fritz Perls has received more than 445,725 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Fritz Perls is the 51st most popular psychologist (up from 58th in 2019), the 624th most popular biography from Germany (up from 708th 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 51 out of 183Before him are Princess Marie Bonaparte, Philip Zimbardo, Max Wertheimer, Stanley Milgram, Geert Hofstede, and Solomon Asch. After him are Raymond Cattell, Sabina Spielrein, Alexander Luria, Wolfgang Köhler, Martin Seligman, and Sándor Ferenczi.

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Among people born in 1893, Fritz Perls ranks 28Before him are Andrés Segovia, Palmiro Togliatti, Edward Adelbert Doisy, Harold Urey, Omar Bradley, and Chaim Soutine. After him are Juana Bormann, Lillian Gish, Leslie Howard, Mae West, Jomo Kenyatta, and Prajadhipok. Among people deceased in 1970, Fritz Perls ranks 35Before him are Bruce McLaren, Heinrich Brüning, Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, Artem Mikoyan, Andrey Yeryomenko, and Bourvil. After him are Frances Farmer, John Dos Passos, Nina Ricci, Francis Peyton Rous, Władysław Anders, and Italo Gariboldi.

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Among people born in Germany, Fritz Perls ranks 624 out of 6,142Before him are Manfred Eigen (1927), Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria (1727), Adam of Bremen (null), August Horch (1868), Franz Stuck (1863), and Curd Jürgens (1915). After him are Erich Priebke (1913), Johannes Rau (1931), August Bebel (1840), Hans Morgenthau (1904), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), and Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978).


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