This is a brief review of some complex systems concepts written as a final paper for PSY 5001 – Biological Bases for Clinical Practice
While essentialism is alive and well in pharmacology and molecular biology, the general trend in neuroscience is away from reductionistic analysis of the brain and toward models which use concepts of distributed functionality and interconnectedness (Sieglemann, 2010; Mattei, 2014; Bassett & Gazzaniga, 2011). This move is a reflection of the inability for conventional science to tackle problems of complexity, and of the strength in systems philosophy which actually has its modern roots in the field of biology during early part of the 20th century (Bertalanffy, 2015). This rather broadly dis-jointed paper will survey some of the ways that non-localized complexity is handled in neuroscience, the overlap with multidisciplinary studies of complexity in some other natural systems, and how this relates to progress in the science of human behavior.
This is a final paper for Law and Professional Ethics. It is an opinionated survey on the integration of sīla (morality) in Vipassanā meditation with the ethical framework implied through Bowen Theory.
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Patrick Stinson 2016 – Sīla and Triangles (With Appendeces)
I’ve always wondered exactly how attachment theory fit into Bowen Theory. For example, how does Bowen reconcile the similar sibling attachment styles described in Attachment Theory? How would Attachment Theory describe “unresolved symbiosis with the primary caregiver?” Writing this paper gave me the chance to find out.
EDIT: This paper is followed by Accounting for Varying Attachment Presentations, which follows up with a tighter examination of the topic using peer-reviewed studies and includes more details about what can and cannot be compared between the two theories.
Attachment and Differentiation: The Role of Attachment in the Pathological Family System
I’ve been waiting to write this paper for a while. Too bad I had to cram it in between my other term-papers this semester and couldn’t do it full justice. But that’s how grad school goes…
Jung was “Thinking Systems”: An Juxtaposition of Jungian Psychology and Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Theory