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Marks-Tarlow, T. (2011). Merging and Emerging: A Nonlinear Portrait of Intersubjectivity During Psychotherapy. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(1):110-127.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(1):110-127

Merging and Emerging: A Nonlinear Portrait of Intersubjectivity During Psychotherapy

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

When psychoanalysis is conceived intersubjectively, full engagement between therapist and patient creates an emergent, indivisible whole. The coupled therapist/patient system takes on a life of its own to operate beyond reductive analysis. This paper offers a detailed clinical case in order to illustrate five key principles from the perspective of nonlinear dynamics: (a) A nonlinear relationship exists between diagnosis and treatment, when symptoms shift with treatment and diagnosis emerges out of it; (b) the intersubjective field is a complex web of feedback loops continually operating on multiple time scales and descriptive levels; (c) the coupled therapist/patient system self-organizes implicitly toward the edge of chaos; (d) at the fertile edge of chaos, novelty and greater system complexity emerge spontaneously; and (e) core therapist/patient dynamics are expressed as recursive, fractal pattern.

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