Gestalt Definition

gə-shtält, -shtôlt, -stält, -stôlt
gestalten, gestalts
noun
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.
Webster's New World
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.
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."
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Alternative capitalization of gestalt.
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Singular:
gestalt
Plural:
gestalts

Origin of Gestalt

  • Borrowing from German Gestalt (“shape, figure, form”). The German term can also apply to a geometric or graphical shape, but that is not the case when this word is used in English.

    From Wiktionary

  • German shape from Middle High German from past participle of stellen to place from Old High German stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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