Quantum Psychology: Steps to a Postmodern Ecology of Being

Quantum Psychology: Steps to a Postmodern Ecology of Being

Quantum Psychology: Steps to a Postmodern Ecology of Being

Quantum Psychology: Steps to a Postmodern Ecology of Being

Synopsis

This work presents a new and important paradigm modification in psychology that attempts to incorporate ideas from quantum and postmodern culture. Quantum psychology is a psychology of consciousness and experience and is reflective of the entire process of being. Thus it is a holistic, dynamic, and synergistic model, designed to augment the classical model. It involves non-linear as well as linear models of description, with non-linearity having an association with intuitive and irrational thought. Quantum psychology represents an emergent system of understanding a consciousness that has been exposed to the complex and accelerating effects of a postmodern culture.

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Once again, human perception of things seems out of step with reality.

Nick Herbert

Within the science of physics, the past 60 years have witnessed a quiet and consistent, yet radical, revolution. The theories of Dirac, Bohm, Schrödinger, Heisenberg and Bohr have supplanted Newton, Descartes, Galileo and even, to an extent, Einstein. The revolution, called quantum mechanics, is now the accepted theory of the physical universe. Yet, despite the enormous philosophical and scientific implications of quantum mechanics, very little of it has found its way into psychology. Psychology still remains a science steeped in the classical Cartesian dualism and Newtonian mechanics of the nineteenth century. The present work may be considered a beginning attempt to integrate quantum theory into psychological thought.

As a way of introducing quantum psychology I would like to start with consciousness. Quantum psychology is a psychology of consciousness and, as such, is reflective of the entire process of being. Because consciousness is involved, quantum psychology must also be considered a psychology of experience. Because quantum psychology concerns itself with experience, it is an empirical psychology.

Admittedly, the topic of consciousness could be considered too vast an arena for the introduction of a new psychology. However, because consciousness is regarded as one of the more salient features of living organisms, I feel it is a good place to start. The book, therefore, can be classified as a general introduction to quantum psychology that provides basic formulations that may be used as a springboard for future development.

For many reasons consciousness is considered an unscientific subject, and with few exceptions, clinical psychology does not really concern itself with . . .

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