This paper articulates a possible framework for understanding and resolving psychopathological
phenomena from the perspective of chaos theory and based on the application of Ilya
Prigogine’s concepts of dissipative structures and processes. Twenty-eight years in clinical
practice have shown the human being to be memory-inheritance, which produces a type of
“psychological DNA.” The personality is thereby crystallized, generating dynamic patterns
(fractals) in its interference with reality. Although necessary for living, this crystallization
is imprisoning. Once the shadow of memory has been resolved and dissolved, the person
achieves reorganizing and transrational processes. We develop the concepts of the emergent
crisis and vortices such as sensitivity, instability and bifurcation, considering the symptom to
be a trigger for healing-transformation.
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