Gestalt Therapy: A critical analysis

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Gestalt psychology is a theory of mind and brain that proposes that the operational principle of the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog, with self-organizing tendencies. The classic Gestalt example is a soap bubble, whose spherical shape not defined by a rigid template, or a mathematical formula, but rather it emerges spontaneously by the parallel action of surface tension acting at all points in the surface simultaneously (Naranjo, 1963).


This basically refers to the tendency of the aware self of a person to consider any situation in the global context. The prtinciple originates from the assumption that the human self is prone to consider both the physical and mentaal aspects of any situation in regard to the context.
Principle of psychophysical isomorphism : A correlation exists between conscious experience and cerebral activity. This refers to the individual's mental capacity to make judgements based on conscious experience. Thus the principle of psychologhical isomorphism rests on the totslity princple.
Principle/ Law of Pragnaz: This law states that individuals try to experience things in as good a gestalt way as possible. In this sense, "good" can mean several things, such as regular, orderly, simplistic and symmetrical (Taylor, 1983).
Law of Closure: This law further clarifies the principle of totaality. It merely states that the human minsd fills in missing gapos of any situation to make it whole. In short, it means that human minds tend to simplify things and situations by filling in gaps to percieve them as complete.
Law of Similarity: Brown in 1997 stated that a primary compomnent of Gestalt psychology lay in the ...
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