Gestalt Principles in Daily Life

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Gestalt isn’t a regularly used term. Out WholeBeSM method repeatedly engages design sensibility to enable stress management. The following definitions explain why gestalt is so important and meaningful in your everyday life.

The universal root + definition of Gestalt

GERMAN | gestalt {formshape}

  1. In 1920, German psychologists used this term when describing something that is greater or different than the sum of it’s parts.
  2. Something that is unexplainable through depiction of it’s parts.
  3. Unified in physical, psychological or symbolic elements to create a whole

Charlotte Bunch once said, “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.”

Artists and designers trigger “gestalt sightings” of something that isn’t finished. However, your mind still connects it.  An example is:

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Your mind fills in the blanks.

Our mind identifies a missing link and then completes it. This is something our  senses naturally do. Gestalt principles in daily life include continually filling in those blanks through being aware of our behaviors.

When you walk into your favorite bakery and that familiar smell isn’t in the air you notice. The office lighting appears unusual.  A bulb is burnt out. These are simple illustrations. A complex one may not catch your attention but your body and senses are is still working to make it whole.

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