Following the war Gestalt psychologist Wolfgang Metzger devoted increasing energy to applied questions, especially those having to do with child-rearing, classroom education, and psychotherapy. His guiding principles in these applied endeavors were developed in this book "Creative freedom" (1st edition 1949). The theoretical starting point is again Gestalt psychology with its assumption of a natural, nonforced order in nature, which led Metzger to make his observations on the virtues of a theme of freedom among the goals of education. In part, this theme of self-determination in child-rearing was enriched by wisdom of the Far East.
1st edition 1949 was titled "Die Grundlagen der Erziehung zu schöpferischer Freiheit".