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Kurt Lewin Kurt Lewin, another of those who left Germany as the Nazis consolidated their power, adapted and applied the Gestalt perspective to personality theory and social dynamics and called it "Field Theory." He Translated gestalt ideas into social experience involving people and made them useful in this context.He was a social reformer as well as a psychological theoriest. Widely recognized as the founder of the subdiscipline of social psychology, he was especially interested in the applications of psychology to psychological problems and founded the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Divsion 9 of the American Psychological Association. He was also responsible for the founding of the National Training Laboratories in Bethel Maine, best known for "sensitivity training" for corporate leaders. His "action research" approach has been
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Unformatted text preview: applied broadly, and there are some contemporary papers about that approach on the "links" page. BIOGRAPHICAL . Click on the top few entries on the Kurt Lewin Links page, and review the beginning of the first article on Lewin in the class reader. SOME CENTRAL IDEAS: • An interest in intergroup conflict , and in conflict between individual and group wishes. • We always exist in relation to a social context . Gestalt ideas can be applied to understanding our place in our social and environmental situation. • We are culturally taught how to see, look, and act . Changing these is in a real sense changing the perceived culture within which we life. • Change can be carried out in ways that respects and humanizes our opponents as well as ourselves. If carried out in violent, dehumanizing ways, it is self-defeating....
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