A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Personal with the Transpersonal
Fractal dynamics provide an unparalleled tool for understanding the evolution of natural complexity throughout physical, biological, and psychological realms. This book’s conceptual framework helps to reconcile several persistent dichotomies in the natural sciences, including mind-brain, linear-nonlinear, subjective-objective, and even personal-transpersonal processes. A fractal approach is especially useful when applied to recursive processes of consciousness, both within their ordinary and anomalous manifestations. This novel way to study the interconnection of seemingly divided wholes encompasses multiple dimensions of experience and being. It brings together experts in diverse fields—neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, physicists, physiologists, psychoanalysts, mathematicians, and professors of religion and music composition—to demonstrate the value of fractals as model, method, and metaphor within psychology and related social and physical sciences. The result is a new perspective for understanding what has often been dismissed as too subjective, idiosyncratic, and ineffably beyond the scope of science, bringing these areas back into a natural-scientific framework.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, Core Faculty at the Insight Center, Los Angeles, a Visiting Professor at Universita Niccolo Cusano London, and a Research Associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel, Germany. She has authored and co-edited Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy (2018), Truly Mindful Coloring (2016), Awakening Clinical Intuition (2014), Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (2012), and Psyche’s Veil (2008), all of which she has illustrated herself.
Yakov Shapiro, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Supervisor at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has been working on nonlinear dynamical models in psychiatric treatment, the interphase between psychodynamic and biological psychiatry, and psychobiology of transpersonal states for the past 20 years, and has published over 30 papers, chapters and abstracts on these subjects.
Katthe P. Wolf, MA, has returned to academia after a 30-year-hiatus spent building a successful non-profit career in family support, social justice, and child abuse prevention. She is currently serving as CEO of Be Strong Families, and is a doctoral student in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Harris Friedman, PhD, is retired Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida, and Distinguished Consulting Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has written extensively on transpersonal psychology and has over 200 professional publications to his credit.
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