Law of Proximity

Book Definition: The Gestalt principle that we tend to group objects together when they are near each other. Proximity means "nearness."

In Your Own Words

  • The brain tends to group things together with other things that are nearby.
  • Grouping things that are close together.
  • Grouping things together if they are near each other.
  • things that are near each other seem to be grouped together.


  • xo xo xo xo xo xo : We would have seen each of the "xo" as separate groups.
  • A group of people sitting together at a table; You may perceive them as friends due to their proximity


Additional Resources

  1. Proximity