gestalt n : a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts [also: gestalten (pl)]
EtymologyGestalt, shape, figure, form
Noungestalt (sometimes capitalized)
- A collection of
physical, biological, psychological or symbolic entities that creates a
unified concept, configuration or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts (of a character, personality, or being; in German also of a
geometric or graphical shape, etc.).
- This biography is the first one to consider fully the writer's gestalt.
Die Gestalt is a German word for form or shape. It is used in English to refer to a concept of 'wholeness' (see wiktionary). Gestalt may also refer to:
- Gestalt psychology (or Gestalt theory), a theory of mind and brain, describing the Gestalt effect.
- Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy, a method of psychotherapy based on Gestalt psychology
- Gestalt therapy, a form of psychotherapy built on the experiential ideal of "here and now" and relationships with others and the world.
- Gestalt (Mac OS), an environment-query function in Mac OS.
- Gestalt (manga), an anime manga and OVA series
gestalt in Arabic: غيشتالت
gestalt in German: Gestalt
gestalt in Dutch: Gestalt
gestalt in Japanese: ゲシュタルト
gestalt in Polish: Gestalt
gestalt in Swedish: Gestalt
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