The Gestalt Counseling and Training Institute of Ann Arbor

Holistic Therapy for Mind, Body and Soul


The Gestalt Cycle of Experience is a process description of the phases an individual/couple/family/system moves through in developing an aroused state of tension, and the behavioral and psychological creative adjustments produced to reduce the tension through need fulfillment. It is a conceptual tool used to view an ongoing event, incident, or interaction while the experience in process. Chronic interruption of this process constitutes thematic "stuckness".
(Gestalt Institute of Cleveland)

 

The Gestalt Cycle of Experience

equillibrim/
OM...OM...OM

sensation/
hmmm...?

awareness/
ah-HAH!

energy/YAY!

action/Let's try it!

contact/ By George, I think we've got it!

assimilation/
ahhhhh...

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