February 1, 1996
One of the great challenges facing modern society is how to deal with rapid and unpredictable change. Having been led to believe that life is supposed to be ordered and predictable, many people lack the necessary skills for responding to sudden crises or making major adjustments in their lives. Chaotic Cognition describes the principles and applications of chaotic thinking, which can help one to adapt and survive whenever the unexpected occurs.
Chaotic thinking has been largely misunderstood and undervalued. Contrary to popular belief, it is not random or haphazard, but is often highly creative and adaptive. By providing the first in-depth analysis of chaotic thinking, this book promotes a more general understanding and acceptance of this neglected cognitive style. By identifying various chaotic techniques, and explaining how they work, it also provides new and powerful methods for dealing with a variety of problems in everyday life, such as emergencies, economic crises, career changes, oppressive working environments, and failing relationships.
Given its implications for both theory and practice, Chaotic Cognition will be of interest to psychologists working in a variety of areas (e.g., cognition, creativity, personality, and counseling), educators, business executives, and administrators.
Ronald Finke is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University, where he is a founding member of the Creative Cognition Research Group. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from M.I.T., and has published five previous books on imagination and creativity.
Jonathan Bettle received his masters degree in Counseling and Guidance from Southwest Texas State University. He is a member of Mensa, the American Counseling Association, and the Texas Association for Counseling and Development.