Self-Organizing Complexity in Psychological Systems offers a contemporary perspective on the mind through a compilation of original chapters written by some of the leading researchers in the area of complexity theory. In each of the chapters, the authors attempt to use complexity theory to inform and in some cases reformulate existing theories of brain function (Freeman; Grigsby & Osuch), personality (Grigsby & Osuch), psychic organization and structure (Goldstein; Piers), human development (Demos), psychopathology (Palombo; Piers) and psychotherapeutic change (Palombo).
Craig Piers, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in the health center at Williams College and former associate director of admissions and senior staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Piers is a contributing editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and also serves as a reviewer for several other professional journals. John P. Muller, Ph.D. is director of training at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Muller is the author of numerous books, including most recently Beyond the Psychoanalytic Dyad: Developmental Semiotics in Freud, Peirce, and Lacan (Routledge, 1996). Joseph Brent, Ph.D. is a historian of ideas. He is currently president of the Semiotic Society of America and of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Dr. Brent is the author of the only full-length biography of Peirce, of which he published a revised edition in 1993.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Complexity theory as the parent science of psychoanalysis Chapter 3 A biological theory of brain function and its relevance to psychoanalysis Chapter 4 Neurodynamics, state, agency and psychological functioning Chapter 5 Emergence: When a difference in degree becomes a difference in kind Chapter 6 Emergence and psychological morphogenesis Chapter 7 The dynamics of development Chapter 8 The language of complexity theory