Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 21, Iss. 2, April, 2017, pp. 143-158
@2017 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Positive Disintegration as a Process of Symmetry Breaking

Krystyna Laycraft, Centre for CHAOS Studies, Alberta, Canada

Abstract: This article presents an analysis of the positive disintegration as a process of symmetry breaking. Symmetry breaking plays a major role in self-organized patterns formation and correlates directly to increasing complexity and function specialization. According to Dabrowski, a creator of the Theory of Positive Disintegration, the change from lower to higher levels of human development requires a major restructuring of an individual”s psychological makeup. Each level of human development is a relatively stable and coherent configuration of emotional-cognitive patterns called developmental dynamisms. Their main function is to restructure a mental structure by breaking the symmetry of a low level and bringing differentiation and then integration to higher levels. The positive disintegration is then the process of transitions from a lower level of high symmetry and low complexity to higher levels of low symmetry and high complexity of mental structure.

Keywords: symmetry breaking, self-organization, pattern formation, complexity, phase transition, emotion, human development