- a configuration, pattern, or organized field having specific properties that cannot be derived from the summation of its component parts; a unified whole.
- an instance or example of such a unified whole.
Origin of gestalt
Related Words for gestaltshape, composition, structure, contour, disposition, figure, form, outline, Gestalt
Examples from the Web for gestalt
Contemporary Examples of gestalt
But on Wednesday, here was the White House to remind you that an MC is more than the gestalt of his lyrics.The GOP's Hypocrisy Over Rapper Common's White House Invite
May 11, 2011
Historical Examples of gestalt
Momentarily, the gestalt fails, but the true moment of sight passes.Warm
His interest was not in Gestalt or fixed form, Bildung or form change.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The cognitive sum total is of a Gestalt nature-much higher than the sum of its parts.The Civilization of Illiteracy
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.
- (sometimes not capital) a perceptual pattern or structure possessing qualities as a whole that cannot be described merely as a sum of its partsSee also Gestalt psychology
Word Origin for Gestalt
1922, from German Gestaltqualität (1890, introduced by German philosopher Christian von Ehrenfels, 1859-1932), from German gestalt "shape, form, figure, configuration, appearance," abstracted from ungestalt "deformity," noun use of adj. ungestalt "misshapen," from gestalt, obsolete past participle of stellen "to place, arrange" (see stall (n.1)). As a school of psychology, it was founded c.1912 by M Wertheimer, K. Koffka, W. Köhler.
- 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 phenomenon