Chaos and Complexity: Implications for Psychological Theory and Practice / Edition 1

Chaos and Complexity: Implications for Psychological Theory and Practice / Edition 1

by Michael R. Butz, Butz, Butz R. Butz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560324198

ISBN-13: 9781560324195

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The nature of this book is to emphasize the inherent complexity and richness of the human experience of change. Now, the author believes there to be an acceptable "scientific" explanation for this phenomona. Explored here are 30 years of studies to describe nonlinear dynamics, today termed either chaos theory or complexity theory. The connotations of both theories

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The nature of this book is to emphasize the inherent complexity and richness of the human experience of change. Now, the author believes there to be an acceptable "scientific" explanation for this phenomona. Explored here are 30 years of studies to describe nonlinear dynamics, today termed either chaos theory or complexity theory. The connotations of both theories are discussed at length. Offering social scientists validation in their attempts to describe and define phenomona of a previously ineffable nature, this book explores chaos' implications for psychology and the social sciences. It describes the benefits psychology can glean from using ideas in chaos theory and applying them to psychology in general, individual psycho-therapy, couples therapy, and community psychology, and also considers possible directions for research and application.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560324195
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Chaos and Complexity: Psychology's New Friends?3
Ch. 2Cognition, Chaos, and Complexity: A Continuum of Cooperation27
Ch. 3Chaos and Complexity: Intrinsic Patterns in Development51
Ch. 4Pathology: Linearity or Chaos?71
Ch. 5Perceptions of the Growth Process: Seeing Is Believing85
Ch. 6Chaos and the Quandary of the Psychological Self103
Ch. 7The Storms of Change: Implications for Individual Therapy121
Ch. 8Intimate Chaos and Complexity153
Ch. 9Patterns of Relations: Self-Similarity Across Dimensions and the Importance of Coherence175
Ch. 10Contextual Concerns and Chaos From a Cultural Perspective205
Ch. 11Integration of Symbols and Meaning: The Dawning of a New Unification215
Ch. 12The Emergence of a New Culture and the Myth in the Distance227
References241
Endnotes261
Index265

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