Clinical Chaos: A Therapist's Guide to Nonlinear Dynamics and Therapeutic Change

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Linda L. Chamberlain, Michael R. BŁtz
Psychology Press, 1998 - Psychology - 225 pages
Psychology and the social sciences are in need of a new foundation, one that provides a better model for understanding complex behavior. Chaos theory and its newest permutation, complexity theory, offers an innovative, exciting and potentially revolutionary leap forward in the evolution of scientific thought. In Clinical Chaos, therapists and theoreticians from various areas in the social sciences will explore the relevance and implications for non-linear dynamics in observing, explaining, and understanding human behavior. At last, the scientific search can again encompass surprise, transformation, unpredictability, and pattern. This book is intended to introduce social scientists to chaos through paths that are already familiar. By linking chaos theory with existing psychological theories and established areas of clinical pursuit, Clinical Chaos emphasizes the relevance of this new science in providing a more flexible useful model for complexities of life.
 

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHAOTIC SYSTEMS
1
Whats So Important
15
CHAOS THEORY AND CLINICAL ORIENTATIONS
27
Chaos Energy and Analytical Psychology
41
Some
55
Systems Theory and Chaos Dynamics
71
HumanisticExistential Perspectives and Chaos
79
CHAOS THEORY APPLICATION IN CLINICAL RESEARCH
87
Clinical Implications
110
Creative Consciousness Process
135
Chaos Complexity and Psychophysiology
147
Penetrating the Depths
163
SPECIAL CLINICAL ISSUES AND CHAOS THEORY
179
Good Science and Cultural Context Seeing What
185
Nonlinear Research Methodology
193
Biographies of Authors
213

Case Studies
97
Implications of Chaos Theory for the Prevention
103

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