Gestalt for Dummies
January 12, 2007 4:18 PM Subscribe
English, non-cliched way to say gestalt/forest for the trees/see the big picture?
posted by Gucky to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a marketing writer. About once a month I find myself struggling to find another way to say gestalt.
Visually, we can imply it. But verbally, how do I support the idea of seeing the whole from the parts? Yes, I've hit the forest for the trees, seeing the big picture, but those are both tired cliches as well as about just seeing how it comes together, rather than discovering something richer/deeper within the combination of details.
Either literally or metaphorically, how do I say "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" in a less trite way?