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-a central concept in Gestalt therapy. The normal cycle of needs satisfaction is often called the contact cycle (or the cycle of contact and withdrawal)... therapy works at the contact boundary between the organism and its environment.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.