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What Is Gestalt Psychology?

Updated on March 3, 2014
The Greek capital letter Psi is often used to represent the word, or study of, Psychology.
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I found the first chapter of Mastering the World of Psychology to be very intriguing.

The section about Gestalt psychology was especially fascinating.

Gestalt psychology is the study that the brain collectively “interprets experiences in predictable ways” rather than simply reacting to them (Wood, Wood, & Boyd 10).

As the example of the woman changing a flat tire leads most people to interpret the situation as a part of the whole concept of having a bad day.

This same concept could be applied to a driver getting pulled over by a police officer. Whenever I happen to see a car pulled over by the police I usually assume that the driver is not having a good day.

I as most other people tend to view getting pulled over as an uncomfortable situation. We then connect that interpretation to the overall concept of having a bad day.

I find this subject to be rather interesting and I hope to learn more about this thought process in later chapters.

Reference:

  • Wood, S., Wood, E., Boyd, D. (2002). Mastering the World of Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson.

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