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.
British Dictionary definitions for gestalt
noun plural -stalts or -stalten (-ˈʃtæltən)
Word Origin for Gestalt
Word Origin and History 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.