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.

part One|25 pages

An Introduction to Chaotic Systems

chapter 1|12 pages

An Introduction to Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics

ByLinda Chamberlain

chapter 2|11 pages

Chaos and the Clinician: What's So Important About Science in Psychotherapy?

ByMichael R. Bütz, Linda Chamberlain

part Two|60 pages

Chaos Theory and Clinical Orientations

chapter 3|11 pages

Chaos Theory and Psychoanalysis

ByMichael G. Moran

chapter 4|13 pages

Chaos, Energy, and Analytical Psychology

ByMichael R. Bütz

chapter 5|15 pages

Cognitive Psychology and Chaos Theory: Some Possible Clinical Implications

ByWilliam McCown, Ross Keiser, Anthony Roden

chapter 6|7 pages

Systems Theory and Chaos Dynamics

ByLinda Chamberlain, William McCown

chapter 7|8 pages

Humanistic/Existential Perspectives and Chaos

ByLinda Chamberlain

part Three|92 pages

Chaos Theory Application in Clinical Research and Practice

chapter 8|13 pages

Dynamics of Substance Abuse: Implications of Chaos Theory for Clinical Research

ByRaymond C. Hawkins, Catherine A. Hawkins

chapter 10|12 pages

Dynamical Family Systems and Therapeutic Intervention

ByBarbara Hudgens

chapter 11|8 pages

The “Lost World” of Psychopharmacology: A Return to Psychology's “Jurassic Park”

ByLinda Chamberlain, Michael R. Bütz

chapter 12|12 pages

Creative Consciousness Process

ByFred Graywolf Swinney

chapter 13|15 pages

Chaos, Complexity, and Psychophysiology

ByStephen E. Francis

chapter 14|16 pages

Organizational Chaos: Penetrating the Depths of the Orgmind

ByLaurie A. Fitzgerald

part Four|34 pages

Special Clinical Issues and Chaos Theory

chapter 15|11 pages

Chaos Theory and Cross-culturalism

ByMichael R. Bütz

chapter 16|13 pages

Feedback, Chaos, and Family Conflict Regulation

ByStephen Proskauer, Michael R. Bütz

chapter 17|6 pages

Chaos Theory and the Future of Psychotherapy: Conclusions and Questions

ByMichael R. Bütz, Linda L. Chamberlain