- An example of a gestalt is the complexity of the human soul.
- An example of a gestalt expression is "The whole is greater than the sum of the parts."
The definition of a gestalt is something unified in a way in which the elements cannot be broken down into its parts and the total piece cannot just be thought of as a sum of all its parts.
nounpl. -·stalt′en or -·stalts′
[alsoG-] in Gestalt psychology, any of the integrated structures or patterns that make up all experience and have specific properties which can neither be derived from the elements of the whole nor be considered simply as the sum of these elements
Origin of gestaltGer, literally , shape, form from Middle High German past participle of stellen, to arrange, fix
nounpl. ge·stalts, or ge·stalt·en or Ge·stalts or Ge·stalt·en
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.
Origin of gestaltGerman shape from Middle High German from past participle of stellen to place from Old High German; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(plural gestalts or gestalten)
- Alternative capitalization of gestalt.