Human Dynamics: A Complexity Science Open Handbook


Franco F. Orsucci (Editor)
Clinical Health Psychology Sub-Department, University College, London and Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom

Series: Chaos and Complexity
BISAC: PSY007000

The classical Roman poet, Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC), described the clinamen, or swerve, as an occurrence that we now call singularity, also popularized as the butterfly effect. His poem, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), reminds us that an awareness of the intrinsic complexity of natural dynamics has been present for a very long times in human culture (Lucretius, 54BC in 1971; Greenblatt, 2011). It is quite recently, however, that complexity has become a suitable scientific approach.

The meta-paradigm of Complexity Science crosses over different disciplines, from physics and mathematics to biology, social sciences, and now psychotherapy. Complexity Science is the scientific toolbox for complex dynamical systems. This definition comprehends a series of sub-disciplines: dissipative systems, cellular automata, fractals, catastrophes, self-organization, self-organized criticality, chaos theory, fuzzy logic, stochastic resonance, cellular automata, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and others.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

(Franco F. Orsucci)
pp. vii-xi

pp. 1

Chapter 1
Towards a Meta-Model of Human Change, from Singularity to Event Horizon
(Franco F. Orsucci)
pp. 3-24

Chapter 2
A Beginner’s Guide to the Nature and Potentialities of Dynamical and Network Theory, Part I: A Visual Introduction to the Theory of Dynamical Systems
(Frederick David Abraham)
pp. 25-54

Chapter 3
The Emotional Foundation of Complex Cognitive Development: Considerations for Psychotherapy
(Mario Antonio Reda)
pp. 55-64

Chapter 4
Chaos and Self-Organization in Psychotherapy
(Günter Schiepek, Stephan Heinzel, Susanne Karch, Benjamin Aas, and Guido Strunk)
pp. 65-92

Chapter 5
Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through “An Eternal Golden Braid”
(Franco Scalzone and Gemma Zontini)
pp. 93-110

Chapter 6
Adaptive Specificity of the Self and Complexity of the Inward and Outward Personal Meaning Organizations (PMO)
(Bernardo Nardi)
pp. 111-118

Chapter 7
Empirical and Structural Approaches to the Temporality of Alliance in Psychotherapy
(Wolfgang Tschacher, Hermann Haken, and Miriam Kyselo)
pp. 119-134

Chapter 8
Experiential Balancing Therapy: An Integrative Psychotherapy Theory and Approach Grounded in Complex Adaptive Systems Theory. Part I: Theoretical Overview and Key Concepts
(David Pincus)
pp. 135-158

pp. 159

Chapter 9
A Beginner’s Guide to the Nature and Potentialities of Dynamical and Network Theory, Part II: A Comparison of Discrete Networks to Continuous Dynamical Systems
(Frederick David Abraham)
pp. 161-178

Chapter 10
Adolescence, Order through Fluctuations and Psychopathology. A Post-Rationalist Conception of Mental Disorders and their Treatment on the Grounds of Chaos Theory
(Juan Balbi)
pp. 179-200

Chapter 11
Experiential Balancing Therapy: an Integrative Psychotherapy Theory and Approach Grounded in Complex Adaptive Systems Theory. Part II: Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Intervention
(David Pincus)
pp. 201-228

Chapter 12
The Nonlinear Dynamics of Clinical Intuition
(Terry Marks-Tarlow)
pp. 229-254

Chapter 13
The Recognition of the Adaptive Function of “Role Reversal” as a Key Psychotherapeutic Tool
(Andrea Seganti and Pier Christian Verde)
pp. 255-264

Chapter 14
Dancing Insight. How Psychotherapists Use Change of Positioning in Order to Complement Split-Off Areas of Experience
(Michael B. Buchholz and Uli Reich)
pp. 265-292

Chapter 15
Clinical-Psychological Counseling and Complexity of Interactions in a University Context
(Giulia Paoloni, Irene Sborlini, Mario Fulcheri)
pp. 293-306

Chapter 16
How Is the Shape of Change in the Psychotherapeutic Complex System?
(Giulio de Felice and Silvia Andreassi)
pp. 307-320

pp. 321-336

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