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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

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.

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
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If you think of the rhyming line pair as a closed gestalt, it is obvious that two similar parts of this gestalt go together according to the gestalt law of similarity (Tsur, Poetic Rhythm 303).
The image schema gives form to the gestalt. As already said, the very best example of a gestalt is the human body with its distinct limits.
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If firm B's newly created cycle is incommensurable to the cycle in which Firm A was competing, firm A would need a gestalt change in order to survive.
In fact, if we analyze the designs used in earlier versions of Kohs blocks, we find out that the persons who designed the intelligence tests, being highly pragmatic, in fact empirically implemented these three complexity factors (quantity of information, perceptual cohesion, nature of the gestalts).
Structural gestalts comprise mutually supportive elements such that the gestalts both embody and are constitutive of their province of meaning (Ranson et al., 1980).
Figure 7 presents good detail, but not enough of a gestalt. Since the detail is largely repetitive, it does not support the lack of gestalt or overall knowledge of the target.
Total mobilization destroys longstanding metaphysical types, but thereby invites fusion with the "elemental" from which a new gestalt might emerge.
The information-processing model allows us to view perception as an interaction of the conceptual structure (Gestalt) and the stimulus.
Language Operational Gestalt awareness: a radical empirical and pragmatical phenomenology of the process and systems of library experience.