International Journal of Transpersonal Studies




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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