I have always heard the cliche that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and have always thought that it referred to humans and the idea that there is more to us than we can ever figure out or create. And also that it is unique to us and doesn’t refer to animals, plants or anything else.
Well I was going to use this idea in a paper I’m writing but when I went back to look it up in my Psych 101 textbook the only reference to it I could find is the Gestalt method of psychoanalysis. It basically refers only to psychoanalysis and how we should not try to break it down into parts but to look at the whole picture.
So, have I been hallucinating about the cliche refering to human beings? Has anyone else ever heard it in that context before and can you recall who established it like a well known psychologist?
A boring thread I know but I’d appreciate the feedback.