noun, plural ge·stalts, ge·stal·ten [guh-shtahl-tn, -shtawl-, -stahl-, -stawl-] /gəˈʃtɑl tn, -ˈʃtɔl-, -ˈstɑl-, -ˈstɔl-/. (sometimes initial capital letter) Psychology.
Origin of gestalt
Examples from the Web for gestalt
Right now I needed a gestalt of something whose whole would be a lot greater than the sum of its parts.Jack of No Trades|Charles Cottrell
Perls transformed the Gestalt psychologists' central idea so it would serve as a basis for his approach to psychotherapy.
If his action is successful, his Gestalt is closed: the problem is resolved, and the motivation is fulfilled.
In the example, the man suffering from thirst in the desert has a Gestalt that impels him to find water.
Like the Gestalt of the psychologists, the closed Gestalt of therapy signifies an organized whole.