Discontinuous Change



This chapter begins with a discussion of the concepts of continuity and change. It shows how most forms of therapy (e.g., psychoanalysis and behavior therapy) implicitly assume that therapeutic change is gradual and continuous. It goes on to explore the concept of discontinuous change as a pattern shift in a complex system. The chapter discusses the application of the concept of discontinuous change to brief therapy, and gives several case illustrations.


Gradual Change Chaos Theory Discontinuous Change Billiard Ball Probabilistic View 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologySt. John’s UniversityNew York CityUSA

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