I recently stumbled upon Kurt Lewin's field theory. However, not being very familiar with gestalt psychology, I could not assess whether Lewin's theoretical framework is still used today and if yes, what its applications are.

In other words: Is it still a recognised psychological theory? If yes, what are its application in psychological research and applied psychology? If no: Is it because Lewin's ideas have been proven wrong, because they've been forgotten or because they were never actually accepted within psychology?

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    $\begingroup$ afaik, the Gestalt principle is certainly still used today $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ Kurt Lewin's Field Theory is still recognized as a framework. It's applicability depends on your purpose. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 4:26

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I've come across Lewin's theory of organisational change a lot. It is often presented in introductory courses on organisational behavior, I/O psychology, and organisational change. It is a three stage theory that talks about unfreezing, making a change, and refreezing.


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