I first ran across the word gestalt in my early 20’s reading an Ayn Rand book. I may have tripped over the term a couple of times since, not sure. The last time of note though was from the surgeon who performed my delicate ‘foot in mouth’ transplant (actually leg in mouth).
Pain can be a welcome feeling. It tells us when, and where, corrective action needs to happen. During the time I submitted to a couple of surgical operations, each involving trach holes and feeding tubes, it was important that I was able to describe the pain. The surgeon told me that I was unique among his patients in that I distinguish pain with gestalt. When I asked him what he meant, he said, that unlike most patients, I could explain in detail, the pain composition of an area of discomfort. Maybe that was his way of telling me I was making a mountain out of molehills. Continue reading