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Psychological System

We understand the psychological system as a network of decision-making procedures, not – as is common in many areas of psychology – as an existing thing (the self).

The psychological system ‘exists’ as long as, and because, it creates a difference between itself and the rest of the world through its interwoven processes. Usually one experiences one’s thoughts and feelings and perceptions as one’s own. People cannot think in the head of another, or feel in the heart of another, or see with the eyes of another. The psychological system is a process, it happens. In the light of this theory there is no self, which simply exists (such as a true self) or that one can find (finding oneself), rather, it is a network of parallel processes, which enter into resonance with each other and which enrich each other more and more through their historical experiences (=structure).

‘The’ psyche lives from moment to moment and adapts inwardly as well as externally to the respective situation (better or worse). What emerges from this is that psychological systems are to be understood as relational (=referred to a context): they are not the same everywhere and against everyone and at all times, rather, they can organise their inner dynamics very differently. At home they will be this way, in the office another way, and during sport different again. This emotional dynamic can be described meta-theoretically – i.e. through integrating many different theory formations – as a sequence of continuing decisions. Through historical experiences these concentrate into patterns, here also called decision-making premises, which help the psychological system to gain structure. One does not always have to decide everything anew, rather, there are routines and they are a matter of course. These processes and structures have the form of eight self-organisational foci, which influence each other, are intertwined with each other and resonate with each other. (see <a href=””>Psychodynamik</a> und <a href=””>Leitprozesse der Psyche</a>).

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