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Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems
A Developmental Perspective on Behavior and Personality

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ISBN 9780367111984
April 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
800 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1987, the purpose of this title was to develop a conceptual framework for understanding individual humans as complex, functional entities. It was felt that a sound developmental theory of human personality and behaviour would help synthesize existing scientific and clinical information into a coherent representation of a person as a functional unit, guide future research, and facilitate the work of the health and human services professions. The volume is aimed at a multidisciplinary-multiprofessional audience.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Part 1: The Conceptual Framework  1. The Nature of Humans  2. Organized Complexity and the Concept of System  3. The Person as a Self-Constructing Living System  4. Processes of Change in Living Systems  5. Principles of Human Development and Change  Part 2: Human Personality and the Content and Organization of Behavior  6. Biological Bases of Self-Organization and Self-Construction  7. Information-Consciousness-Attention (ICA) Arousal  8. Information Transactions and Perception  9. Cognition, Information Processing, and Remembering  10. The Directive Function: Intentions and Personal Goals  11. Control Functions: Problem Solving and Behavior Organization  12. Regulatory Functions: Biochemical, Affective, and Cognitive  13. Energizing Selective Action and Emotional Arousal  14. Transactional Functions: Organization of Actions  15. Transactional Functions: Communication  16. The Person and Personality Development.  Epilogue: Social Implications of the Living Systems Framework.  References.  Author Index.  Subject Index.

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