Today we talk with Terry Marks-Tarlow who has just had her latest co-authored book published, A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Persona with the Transpersonal, that takes us into what could be a foundational understanding of mental health.
Terry Marks-Tarlow is currently an adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and at California Institute for Integral Studies, as well as core teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles where she conducts workshops and seminars. She has written and edited a number of books, includingA Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Persona with the Transpersonal(Cambridge Scholars, 2020);Truly Mindful Coloring(PESI, 2017);Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists (Norton, 2014);Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy: The Neurobiology of Embodied Response(Norton, 2012); andPsyche’s Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity(Routledge, 2008).
A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology : Bridging the Personal with the Transpersonal
Fractal dynamics provide an unparalleled tool for understanding the evolution of natural complexity throughout physical, biological, and psychological realms. This book’s conceptual framework helps to reconcile several persistent dichotomies in the natural sciences, including mind-brain, linear-nonlinear, subjective-objective, and even personal-transpersonal processes. A fractal approach is especially useful when applied to recursive processes of consciousness, both within their ordinary and anomalous manifestations. This novel way to study the interconnection of seemingly divided wholes encompasses multiple dimensions of experience and being. It brings together experts in diverse fields-neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, physicists, physiologists, psychoanalysts, mathematicians, and professors of religion and music composition-to demonstrate the value of fractals as model, method, and metaphor within psychology and related social and physical sciences. The result is a new perspective for understanding what has often been dismissed as too subjective, idiosyncratic, and ineffably beyond the scope of science, bringing these areas back into a natural-scientific framework.