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- in Gestalt, one is more interested in needs than in wants. Needs may be organic (to eat, sleep...) psychological, social or spiritual: the need to be included in a group, the need to find a meaning in life, etc. (Maslow). They are not necessarily either clearly perceived or directly expressed. The 'cycle of needs satisfaction' is often interrupted or disturbed and one of the aims of Gestalt work is to identify these interruptions, blocks or distortions. (cf. 'resistances')

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.