Theories of Self-Organizing Processes and the Contribution of Immediate Interaction to Change in Psychotherapy

  • Henri Schneider
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 58)


A model of change in a relationship schema is specified in the framework of Piagetian theory and theories of self-organizing processes. This model is illustrated using three passages taken from three consecutive sessions from the middle phase of a short-term psychotherapy. An analogy is drawn between the process of change in a relationship schema and the process of nest-building in termites in order to highlight the aspects of immediate therapeutic interaction which are pertinent to understanding change in intrapsychic structures as a self-organizing process.


Affective State Cognitive Science Interpersonal Theory Relationship Schema Therapeutic Interaction 
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