Psyche's Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity / Edition 1

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Historically, the language and concepts within clinical theory have been steeped in linear assumptions and reductionist thinking. Because the essence of psychotherapy involves change, Psyche’s Veil suggests that clinical practice is inherently a nonlinear affair.

In this book Terry Marks-Tarlow provides therapists with new language, models and metaphors to narrow the divide between theory and practice, while bridging the gap between psychology and the sciences. By applying contemporary perspectives of chaos theory, complexity theory and fractal geometry to clinical practice, the author discards traditional conceptions of health based on ideals of regularity, set points and normative statistics in favour of models that emphasize unique moments, variability, and irregularity. Psyche’s Veil further explores philosophical and spiritual implications of contemporary science for psychotherapy.

Written at the interface between artistic, scientific and spiritual aspects of therapy, Psyche’s Veil is a case-based book that aspires to a paradigm shift in how practitioners conceptualize critical ingredients for internal healing. Novel treatment of sophisticated psychoanalytical issues and tie-ins to interpersonal neurobiology make this book appeal to both the specialist practitioner, as well as the generalist reader.


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"Psyche’s Veil can be understood by professionals in psychology as well as by a more general reader. Having a clear outline presented to the reader keeps the book organized and understandable. Every case study adds personality and explanation to theories and ideas, allowing the reader to follow the concepts. Marks-Tarlow shares her experiences with readers to give us the opportunity to view psychotherapy in a different light that perhaps would be more successful in treatment. Even the darkest and most chaotic of stories has the possibility to end with self-growth and organization." -Nataliya Rubinchik, Hunter College, International Journal of Psychotherapy

"Terry Marks-Tarlow invites us into a new world – one worth diving into and relishing for its fresh and important approach that can expand how we understand our lives."Daniel J. Siegel, From the Foreword, author of The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind

"At a time when tighter links are being forged between the scientific and clinical realms, Terry Marks-Tarlow's creative interdisciplinary synthesis of relational psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and chaos theory offers a cutting edge model of the change process of psychotherapy." - Allan N. Schore, author of Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self

"A gateway to which one can return again and again for new sources of understanding about the complexity inherent in our world. Marks-Tarlow is a very enthusiastic and facile writer on a topic that is inherently difficult to approach. We can see that this is a book about a new set of languages and tools for constructing models and engaging problems tat heretofore have been at the edge of the envelope for our older modeling and problem-solving approaches." - Donald MacGregor, PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415455442
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Marks Tarlow Ph.D., a Research Associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel, Germany, works in Private Practice in Santa Monica, California

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Table of Contents

Siegel, Foreword. The Nonlinear Paradigm. The Certainty of Uncertainty. Complexity at the Edge of Chaos. New Metaphors Arising. Riddle of the Sphinx Revisited. Riddle as Mirror. The Fractal Psyche. The Fractal Geometry of Intersubjectivity. Whole in the Part.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    New Paradigm Psychotherapy

    Few books in my life have impacted me the way Psyche's Veil has. Perhaps its because of my personal experiences in therapy which were not at all productive. The last two books that opened me to alternate possibilities in such a profound way were Alan Watt's philosophy in The Wisdom of Insecurity forty years ago and visionary Willis Harman's Global Mind Change that offered an analysis of where business and society might be headed.

    Psyche's Veil provides a glimpse, at the leading edge and behind the veil, of a profession in transition that is moving from a mechanical and linear fix it (too often with drugs) orientation toward a more inclusive and thereby soul-satisfying destination for therapists and clients alike.

    Psyche's Veil is filled with wonderful case studies and reflections that illuminate the applied theory that Marks-Tarlow's work is steeped in. And, her insightful interpretation of the myth of Psyche and Eros, her wonderful drawings and the extraordinary fractal photographs that beautifully illustrate many of her important points are additional reasons why anyone with an interest in expanding their understanding of psychotherapy's potential should read this amazing book. I am hopeful that Psyche's Veil may one day become a classic and standard college textbook informing the next generation of Psychotherapists and Psychologists that another, far richer, worldview is now available that can deepen their relationship with themselves, others and the world.

    Jeff Hutner, Editor
    New Paradigm

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    Amazing book!

    I just finished reading this book, and I¿m in awe. This is truly an amazing book! Dr. Marks-Tarlow puts words to concepts and processes that I didn¿t know could be verbalized so clearly. She uses nonlinear science to explain and affirm the intuitive realm, from which the deepest therapeutic transformations arise.<BR/><BR/>As a licensed psychotherapist, I found this book so validating and empowering. It puts into words the experiential and depth-oriented processes that I've been intuiting and using in my practice, but for which I didn't have words. Without words to explain what I¿m doing, sometimes it¿s felt as if those processes just existed in my imagination. For a long time, I've been feeling as if I need to ¿sneak¿ the ways of working that feel the most meaningful to me and my clients, because the pressure to conform to a linear, dualistic, reductionistic model is so overwhelming. And of course, if I can't even use words to describe what I'm doing and why it's important, I can't justify it to anyone else (and sometimes I question my own intuition when there's no external support for it). This book has given me permission and encouragement to put my energy into right-brained, nonlinear, intersubjective, open-ended processes, which are the richest part of therapeutic growth process, and to pay attention to the things that really matter without feeling as if I'm being sneakily self-indulgent.<BR/><BR/>Before I started this book, I was a bit intimidated, thinking that the technical language seemed so daunting. But I¿m not exaggerating when I say that it turned out to be a page turner! In spite of the complex subject matter, it flows very smoothly. Even though it¿s written for psychotherapists, I think it would also be very valuable to a self-aware lay audience who is interested in depth-oriented psychological exploration and an understanding of how the internal world is related to the external world as well as how intuition relates to cutting-edge science.

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