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Id (Gestalt)

-in the Gestalt sense, one of the three 'functions' of the self - which also consists of the ego and the personality. The self generally functions in the id mode at the beginning of the cycle, during the so-called pre-contact phase. For certain writers, assimilation (post-contact) also takes place, out of awareness, in the id mode.


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.