Contributions of Other Theories to Developmental Systems Theory (DST)
DST is the outcome of our work as synthesizers. We are constantly integrating new knowledge into our own developmental perspective. When we encounter novel thoughts or perspectives, we compare them to our own and think about how they might expand our view of things. When we encounter disagreement, we looking for the grain of truth in it, which often gives us new insight into a topic.
Wherever new ideas come from, our evaluator/synthesizer minds run quickly kick into higher order thinking. This not only creates new thoughts and knowledge, but novel concepts and innovative ideas. Sometimes these new ideas are useful to the discussion at hand and shared. Other times they’re or stored away for another time. Either way, they’re all the result of active learning through synthesis.
We also learn something from every person we meet. Dialogue, conversations and social interaction simulates our thinking in ways that often give nuances and new meaning to our work. Our learning styles are always-on, never-off!
DST, a meta-theory that we synthesized over our many years of personal and professional work, forms the foundation for our developmental model. It is anchored in new research from the fields of psychobiology, brain research, bioenergetics, psychodynamic and developmental theories, transpersonal psychology, humanistic psychology, pre- and perinatal psychology, and cognitivebehavioral psychology. We particularly draw from Arnold Mindell’s Global Process Work theory, Bruce Lipton’s model of fractal evolution, his material on epigenetics, his innovative concepts of cellular consciousness, conscious parenting, and electromagnetic medicine; Porges & Carter’s Polyvagal Theory; Allen Schore’s Theory of Affect Regulation, and both the theory and language of quantum sciences as described in terms such as the physics of love, the heart-field, HeartMath, and our own, LOVEvolution.
The chart below summarizes the primary contributions from the theories and theorists that we used to create Developmental Systems Theory:
Babcock, D. & Keepers, T. (1976). Raising kids ok. New York: Grove Press.
Batson, G., Jackson, D. D., Haley, J., & Weakland. J. (1956). Towards a theory of schizophrenia. Behavioral Sciences, 1, 251-264.
Bowlby, J. (1969). Attachment and loss. Volume 1, In J. Bowlby, Separation: Anxiety and anger. New York; Basic Books.
Bowen, M. (1978). Family therapy in clinical practice. New York: Jason Aronson.
Bradshaw, J. (1988). Healing the shame that binds you. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.
Bradshaw, J. (1990). Homecoming: Reclaiming and championing your inner child. New York: Bantam.
Briggs, J. & Peat, F. (1989). The turbulent mirror. New York: Harper & Row.
Cashdan, S. (1988). Object relation’s therapy: Using the relationship. New York: W. W. Norton.
Chamberlin, D. (1998). The mind of your newborn baby. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Clarke, J. (1978). Self-esteem: A family affair. New York: Harper & Row.Clarke, J. & Dawson, C. (1989). Growing up again: Parenting ourselves, parenting our children. Minneapolis, MN: Hazelton.
Clow, B. (1991). The liquid light of sex: Understanding your life transitions. Santa Fe: Bear & Company.Ellis, A. (1995). Rational emotive behavior therapy. In R. J.
Corsini & D. Wedding (Eds.). Current Psychotherapies (5th ed.). Itasca: IL: Peacock.
Erikson, E. (1959). Psychological issues. New York: International Universities Press. Framo, J. (1982). Explorations in marital and family therapy. New York: Springer.
Gariaev, P. (1994). The DNA-wave Biocomputer. Institute Control of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Glieck, J. (1987). Chaos, Making a new science. New York: Penguin.
Goulding, M. & Goulding, R. (1978). The power is in the patient: A gestalt approach to psychotherapy. San Francisco, CA: TA Press.
Havinghurst, R. (1972). Developmental tasks and education. New York: David McKay.
Jackson, D. (1965). Family rules: The mantel quid pro quo. Archives of General Psychiatry, 12, 589-594.
James, B. (1994). Handbook for treatment of attachment-trauma problems in children. New York: The Free Press.
Kaplan L. (1978). Oneness and separateness. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Karpman, S. (1968). Fairytales and script analysis. Transactional analysis Bulletin, 7, 39-43.
Kegan, R. (1994). In over our heads. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Kernberg, O. (1976) Object relation’s theory and clinical psychoanalysis. New York: Jason Aronson.
Klaus, M. & C. (2000). Your Amazing Newborn. New York: Perseus/ HarperCollins.Information on Igor Charkovsky can be found in Verny, T. (Ed.) (1984). Pre-and perinatal psychology, An introduction, Chapter 10. New York: Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Krishnamurti, J. (1986). The future of humanity: Two dialogues between J. Krishnamurti. Largo, Florida: Miranda Press.
LeBoyer, F. (2002). Birth without violence. Rochester, NY: Healing Arts Press.
Levin, P. (1988a). Becoming the way we are. Deerfield Beach, Fl: Health Communications.
Levin, P. (1988b). Cycles of power. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.
Lipton, B. (1986). Cellular consciousness, Planetary Assoc. for Clean Energy Newsletter 5:4.
Lipton, B (2005). The biology of belief. Santa Rosa, CA: Mountain of Love/Elite Books, p. 201-202.
Lowen, A. (1994). Love, sex and your heart. NY: Penguin/Arkana Publishing.
MacLean, P. (1974). Triune conception of the brain and behaviour. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
MacLean, P. (2006). Cited by Mines, S. (2003) in We are all in shock: Overwhelming experiences shatter you and what you can do about it. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books.
Mahler, M. (1975). The psychological birth of the human infant. New York: International University Press.
Meichenbaum, D. (1994). A clinical handbook/practical therapist manual: For assessing and treating adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Waterloo, Ontario: Institute Press.
Miller, A. (1981). The drama of the gifted child. New York: Basic Books.
Miller, A. (1983). For your own good. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
Miller, A. (1986). Thou shalt not be aware. New York: New American Library.
Miller, A. (1988). Banished knowledge. New York: Doubleday. Miller, A. Breaking down the walls of silence. New York: Dutton.
Miller, A. (2005). The body never lies: The lingering effects of hurtful parenting. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Mindell, A. (1983). Dreambody. Santa Monica, CA: SIGO Press.
Mindell, A. (19865a). Rivers way. Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Mindell, A. (1985b). Working with the dreambody. Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Mindell, A. (1987). The dreambody in relationship processes. Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Mines, S. (2003). We are all in shock: Overwhelming experiences shatter you and what you can do about it. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books.
Ney, P. (1988). Transgenerational child abuse. Child psychiatry and Human Development, 18, 151-168.
Odent, M. (1994). Birth Reborn. New York: Pantheon.
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Porges, S. (2001). The polyvagal theory: phylogenetic substrates of a social nervous system. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 42:2001, pp.123 146.
Porges, S. (2003). Social engagement and attachment: A phylogenetic perspective. The roots of mental illness in children, NY Academy of Sciences, 1008: 31 (2003). doi: 10.1196/annals.1301.004.
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Prescott, J. (1997). Perspectives on violence: Excerpts from the origins of human love and Violence. http://www.birthpsychology.com/violence/prescott.html Rogers, C. &
Ryback, D. (1984). One alternative to planetary suicide. In R. F. Levant & J. M. Shlien (Eds.). Client centered therapy and the person-centered approach: New directions in theory, research and practice. Hew York: Praeger.
Rogers, C. (1986). The Reist workshop: A personal overview. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 26, 23-45.
Sager, C. J., et al. (1971). The marriage contract. Family Process, 10, 311-326.
Satir, V. (1988). The New Peoplemaking. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books, ch. 24.
Schiff, J. (1970). All my children. New York: Pyramid.
Schiff, J. (1976). The cathexis reader. New York: Harper & Row.
Schore, A. (2003b). Affect regulation and the repair of the self. New York: W. W. Norton.
Senge, P. (1990). The fifth discipline. New York: Doubleday.
Van der Kolk, B., McFarlane, A. & Weisaeth, L. (Eds.). (1996). Traumatic stress: The overwhelming experience on mind, body and society. New York: Guilford Press.
Verny, T. (1988). The secret life of the unborn child. New York: Delta Books.
Weinhold, B. (2006). Breaking free of family patterns. Swannanoa, NC: CICRCL Press.
Weinhold B. & Weinhold, J. (1989). Breaking free of the co-dependency trap. Walpole, NH: Stillpoint. Second Edition: (2008a). Novato, CA: New World Library.
Weinhold, J. & Weinhold, B. (2008b). The flight from intimacy. Novato, CA: New World Library.
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Wheatley, M. (1992). Leadership and the new science. San Francisco: Bennett-Koehler.
Wilber, K. (1980). The Atman project: A transpersonal view of human development. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing.
Wilber, K. (1996). A brief history of everything. Boston: Shambhala.
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[E1]AU: this section is very densely packed with information. I have suggested subheadings to help the reader divide up & organize others theories & your synthesis of them, but I welcome your input on my suggestions. I agree, this section is densely packed and I like your suggested subheadings. We ended up bolding all the subheads you created in this section. It seemed to help the subheads be more clear and distinctive. Perhaps you had some other way in mind to help them stand out from the text.
[E2]AU: What I failed to consider when creating headings is the need for a transition sentence or three in between A & B-heads. Would you whip something up Done!
[E3]AU: This information belongs in your 1st introduction of Schore. After looking at his first introduction, it seems to go better here.
[E4]AU: Agreed. Problem solved.
[E5]AU: I just have to stop & say this new organization of chapters is working beautifully. Thanks!! J
[E6]AU: affectionate Okay.
[E7]AU: cite publication. Done
[E8]AU: 2003 or 1987 in refs. Or is it another reference altogether 1987 is correct for this citation.
[CW9]AU: delete Leave it in. Even though she wrote the books, she had a team that worked with her on studying and developing these concepts. ok
[E10]AU: this requires additional explanation. Done.
[E11]Perfect. That is just what was needed.
[E12]AU: pls define. Done.
[E13]AU: pls define. Done.
[E14]AU: that definition is kind of circular. Transegoic, ‘superconscious, & transpersonal realms of development are all quite abstract. Could you put it into plainer, concrete terms Hope this works