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Galatzer-Levy, R.M. (1995). Psychoanalysis And Dynamical Systems Theory: Prediction And Self Similarity. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 43:1085-1113.

(1995). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 43:1085-1113

Psychoanalysis And Dynamical Systems Theory: Prediction And Self Similarity

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy

The theory of dynamical systems (sometimes called chaos theory) has emerged in the past two decades as a powerful tool for understanding the evolution of complex systems. Attempts to develop psychoanalysis along the lines of nineteenth century physical science have proven unsatisfactory. The theory of dynamical systems provides another route for development. It suggests that prediction should aim at describing the overall evolution of systems and that the possibilities for such evolution are broader than classical theory suggested. It also shows that complex systems often involve structures that repeat basic features on several different levels of observation. This suggests a method for systematically exploring the overly rich data of psychoanalysis.

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