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

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

by Terry Marks-Tarlow


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

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415455459
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/13/2008
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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

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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