Chaos and Nonlinear Psychology: Keys to Creativity in Mind and Life

Chaos and Nonlinear Psychology: Keys to Creativity in Mind and Life

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Author/Contributor(s): Schuldberg, David ; Richards, Ruth ; Guisinger, Shan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Date: 05/03/2022
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: NEW
The pandemic, and our response to it, have shown how unpredictable, irrational, illogical, suddenly changing, and muddled human interactions can be in a time of crisis. How can we make sense of such confusing and baffling behavior?

This book reveals how chaos and nonlinear dynamics can bring new understanding to everyday topics in social sciences. It brings together chapters from leaders at the intersection of psychology and chaos and complexity theories. Conceptual and user-friendly, it is built around six themes: 1) Seeing
nonlinearity, 2) Finding patterns, 3) using Simple models, 4) Intervening nonlinearly, and 6) teaching a new Worldview. It takes no specialized study-although there is more sophisticated material and optional math for those wishing it. The techie will, in addition, find concepts and diagrams to
ponder.

The volume is engaging, at times startling-whether about the weather, Internet, organizations, family dynamics, health, evolution, or falling in love. It reveals how many social, personal, clinical, research, and life phenomena become understandable and can be modelled in the light of Nonlinear
Dynamical Systems (NDS) theory. It even offers a broadening worldview, happening already in other sciences, toward a more dynamic, interconnected, and evolving picture, including process-oriented appreciation of one's own experience.

The book offers those in the field of psychology and the social sciences a stunning new perspective on human behaviour.