gestalt


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to gestalt: Gestalt psychology, Gestalt theory, gestalt therapy

gestalt

 [gĕ-stawlt´, gĕ-shtawlt´] (Ger.)
form, shape; a whole perceptual configuration.

ge·stalt

(ges-tahlt'),
A perceived entity so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable from its parts. See: gestaltism.
[Ger. shape]

gestalt

/ge·stalt/ (gah-stawlt´) (gah-shtawlt´) [Ger.] form, shape; a whole perceptual configuration. See gestaltism.

gestalt

or

Gestalt

(gə-shtält′, -shtôlt′, -stält′, -stôlt′)
n. pl. ge·stalts or ge·stalten (-shtält′n, -shtôlt′n, -stält′n, -stôlt′n)
A physical, biological, psychological, or symbolic configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts.

Gestalt

[gəshtält′] pl. Gestalts, Gestalten
Etymology: Ger, form
a single physical, psychological, or symbolic configuration, pattern, or experience that consists of a number of elements and that has an effect as a whole different from that of the sum of its parts.

ge·stalt

, gestalt phenomenon (ge-stahlt', fĕ-nom'ĕ-non)
A perceived entity so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable from its parts.
See also: gestaltism
[Ger. shape]

gestalt

A physical, mental or symbolic pattern or figure so arranged that the effect of the whole differs from, or is greater than, that of the sum of its parts. A unified whole, the full nature of which cannot be grasped by analyzing its parts.

Gestalt

A humanistic therapy technique that focuses on gaining an awareness of emotions and behaviors in the present rather than in the past.
Mentioned in: Group Therapy
References in periodicals archive ?
In the discussion that follows, we will be examining the relationship between the opinions in NFIB and the constitutional gestalt.
Part 2, "Eulogical Gestalt of the Spiritual Exercises," fleshes out L.
112) "At times of revolution, when the normal-scientific tradition changes, the scientist's perception of his environment must be re-educated--in some familiar situations he must learn to see a new gestalt.
As claimed by the Gestalt Theory, the human visual system groups objects by following the "proximity" principle.
As chapter 3, "Truth as Gestalt," argues, we ought to view the subjective "aspect of the mutual self-gift in the Gestalt as the subject's being 'enraptured' by the object .
In gestalt terms, such appropriate learning experiences would enable the learner to develop a coherent field of perception related to the writing process by leaving clear traces that facilitated their own recurrence (Blosser, 1973).
This paper explores according to the phenonemenological approach of the training of a group of four trainee Gestalt therapists from four different traditions in the context of a culturally and racially diverse South Africa in the opening years of the third millennium.
In one is a picture that, depending on the gestalt the viewer "sees," appears to be either an elaborate vase or the profiles of two old women staring at one another.
Mad Mad House,'' like Fox's recent ``The Littlest Groom,'' wants it both ways - it wants, ostensibly, to present its subjects sensitively while secretly grooving to the whole eccentric gestalt.
He is using his brain and his gestalt to look at [the spot's] features.
Gestalt Therapy and Heart-Centered Therapies reviews the basic Gestalt techniques utilized in our work, such as presentness, concrete attention to detail, somatic and body awareness, exaggeration, loosening techniques and integrating techniques.
In the old days, the Dead insisted that the audience was as important a part of the experience as the band itself in creating a group-consciousness "bleshing" (the gestalt concept derived from Theodore Sturgeon's 1953 beloved-by-hippies novel More Than Human).