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Chaos Theory and the Conversational Model: An Outline

Chaos Theory and the Conversational Model: An Outline

This talk aims to show how Chaos Theory is intrinsic to The Conversational Model of Meares and Hobson, based as it is on the infinitely fluid Jamesian Self. Chaos Theory is a mathematical description of non-linear dynamics sensitive to small changes. These algorithms are now used, for example, to create various realistic appearing images of mountains, trees, creatures, in non-live cult movies. The mathematics representing its abstract technical terms such as ‘phase space’, ‘trajectory’, ‘attractor’, etc may be visualised and seen metaphorically as geometrical forms. This outline aims to present a model of the large dynamic form of a Conversational Model therapy, and the smaller dynamics of its internal processes. Its sequential phases are: Catastrophe, Chaos, Emergence, Complexity and Self Fractal. Some of its key inner dynamics are recursiveness, iteration, bifurcation, trajectory, and smaller fractals which dynamically modify the large processes. I hope to sketch how this model may represent the flow of the large form of a Conversational therapy, formed from its cloud of tiny responses to ‘what is there.’