The Order-Disorder Paradox: Understanding the Hidden Side of Change in Self and Society

The Order-Disorder Paradox: Understanding the Hidden Side of Change in Self and Society

by Nathan Schwartz-Salant


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Increasing order in a system also creates disorder: this seemingly paradoxical idea has deep roots in early cultures throughout the world, but it has been largely lost in our modern lives as we push for increasing systematization in our world and in our personal lives. Drawing on nearly five decades of research as well as forty-five years working as a psychoanalyst, Nathan Schwartz-Salant explains that, in a world where vast amounts of order are being created through the growing success of science and technology, the concomitant disorder is having devastating effects upon relationships, society, and the environment. As a Jungian analyst with training in the physical sciences, Schwartz-Salant is uniquely qualified to explore scientific conceptions of energy, information, and entropy alongside their mythical antecedents. He analyzes the possible effects of created disorder, including its negative consequences for the creator of the preceding order as well as its potentially transformative functions. With many examples of the interaction of order and disorder in everyday life and psychotherapy, The Order-Disorder Paradox makes new inroads into our understanding of the wide-ranging consequences of the order we create and its effects on others and the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623171162
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Trained in Jungian psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland, Nathan Schwartz-Salant has been a psychoanalyst in private practice since 1968. He is the author of several books on Jungian analysis, including Narcissism and Character Transformation and The Mystery of Human Relationship: Alchemy and the Transformation of the Self.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Discovering the Order-Disorder Paradox xi

Chapter 1 The Prior Form of Energy Conservation 1

Chapter 2 The Scientific Form of Energy Conservation 9

Chapter 3 Attempts to Apply Energy Conservation to Psychotherapy 17

Chapter 4 Psychotherapy and the Prior Principle of Energy Conservation 23

Chapter 5 Mythological Forms of the Order-Disorder Paradox 33

Chapter 6 The Interaction of Order and Disorder in Alchemy and in the I Ching 49

Chapter 7 The Interaction of Order and Disorder in Everyday Life 55

Chapter 8 Pathways of Created Disorder 63

Chapter 9 Illustrating the Order-Disorder Paradox with Examples from Clinical Practice 73

Chapter 10 A Theory of Psychic Energy 91

Appendix: A Derivation of Psychic Information 105

Notes 111

Bibliography 129

Index 135

About the Author 145

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