Nonlinear Psychoanalysis: Notes from Forty Years of Chaos and Complexity Theory
Author: Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D.
New York: Routledge, 2017
This is an excellent book dealing with aspects of nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory – and their significance for our understanding human development. Nonlinear “models predict that desirable development may follow many unpredictable routes to satisfactory and often similar outcomes…
Small causes can give very large changes; simple causes can yield very complex results” (p. 82, 78, emphasis in original).
One of the most interesting aspects of nonlinear dynamics involves the implications for learning and education:
“New learning occurs in the adaptive systems on the edge of chaos, between the twin dangers of stagnation and disorganization” (p. 81).