what are the two different schools of gestalt psychology

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there are two different schools of gestalt psychology.what are they?and to which did werner belong?

-- modupe (dupeoyenuga@yahoo.com), October 27, 2004


Most history of psychology textbooks cover Gestalt Psychology as one of the five major schools that include structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and gestalt--this is connected with the names of Wertheimer, Koffka, Kohler, etc. It was a kind of holistic perspective. The other school is connected with a post- psychoanalytic psychotherapy approach and is associated with Fritz Perls. A good source on the difference between the German Gestalt Psychology and the American Gestalt therapy movement is found in Henle, M. Gestalt psychology and Gestalt Therapy. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 1978, 14, pp.23-32. You can find many discussions of this on the internet if you "Google" Henle's name. Heinz Werner is generally connected with organismic psychology, and his roots are most likely connected with the German Gestalt movement.

-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (hendrika@cox.net), October 27, 2004.

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