Butterflies in the Family Weather System

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 270-271. The reviewer states that this book (see record 1996-98938-000)presents what chaos theory has to offer family therapy theorists and practitioners. The authors disclose the powerful metaphoric and practical uses of the vocabulary of chaos theory and show how, paradoxically, the language of chaos may reveal family behavior to be, in the common understanding of the word, less chaotic. Although the authors of Strange Attractors are convincing and clear when applying chaos theory to family therapy, they are less successful when attempting to provide a history of systemic family therapy and an introduction to chaos theory.The authors target too broad an audience- students and mental health practitioners. Readers need to have some background in family therapy and at least a passing acquaintance with chaos theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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