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Adult DevelopmentCognitive Aspects of Thriving Close Relationships$
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Jan D. Sinnott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892815.001.0001

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

“New Science” Operations and Logics as a Way of Understanding Postformal Thought Operations and Intimate Relationship Processes

(p.23) 3 The Big Picture
Adult Development

Jan D. Sinnott

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes ideas in new physics, chaos and complexity theory, self-organizing systems, general systems theory, and postmodern thought as ideas inherent in the complex thought models that best describe understanding the complexity of relationships. Optimizing this thinking ability should lead to greater satisfaction in creating satisfying intimate relationships. Framing questions about the processes in satisfying intimate relationships in complex ways helps the researcher create better hypotheses. Intimate relationships have often been studied on a fairly simplistic level. A big-picture view is more useful and more consistent with wisdom about working out the nuances of long-term partnership.

Keywords:   new physics, postmodern thought, general systems theory, chaos theory, self-organizing systems

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