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.
-a basic concept in Gestalt. The therapy takes place at the contact boundary between the client and his/her environment (in particular, the therapist); the place where interruptions to contact and to the normal cycle of needs satisfaction (or resistances) are found. The skin is an example and above all a metaphor for the contact boundary: it separates me and connects me at the same time.