Gestalt Psychology

Monday, 30 June 2008 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

If you know me, then you know one of my many hobbies is Gestalt Psychology. :) Here are two of the "laws" that I want to talk about today, as they relate to eBay and eBay sellers.

  • Law of Continuity — The mind continues visual, auditory, and kinetic patterns.
  • Law of Common Fate — Elements with the same moving direction are perceived as a collective or unit.

I tend to lump these together as the Gestalt Theory of Good Continuation, as it was taught to me in the a university psych class. Another way of putting this might be, "The worse it gets, the worse it gets, and the better it gets, the better it gets." People see patterns, and where they don’t, their mind will look to connect things to make them comfy patterns that feel right.

What does that mean. Well, I think it helps explain some of what eBay sellers are feeling. People tell me I tend to write too much, so for today, I’ll leave it at that.

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Categories: Just An Observation

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