He first mentioned Sigmund Freud in 1913, received his medical degree in 1925, and, while not a student of Freud, went through seven years of personal psychoanalysis: "Started seven years of useless couch life. Felt I was stupid. Finally, Wilhelm Reich, then still sane, made some sense. Also Karen Horney, whom I loved."
In 1950, he first used the term gestalt.
Esalen and humanistic psychology
He joined the Esalen Institute in 1960: "What the Bauhaus was in Germany for the creation of a new style in architecture and the arts, Esalen is as a practical center of the third wave of humanistic psychology."
- Fritz Perls, A Life Chronology