Abstract

This paper presents aspects of Complexity, particularly Chaos theory and self-organization, and explores their usefulness for the theory of Gestalt practice. Traditional systems theory is reviewed from Complexity's nonlinear systems perspective, and examples are given of how the theory may relate to practitioner experience in individual and group work. The self-organization process is described as a model of change where order emerges from the system itself, rather than being imposed externally. A way of researching self-organization dynamics in Gestalt personal development groups is outlined, and some early findings are presented.

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