Patterns which frequently characterize the negotiation of the moment may not ‘well serve’ an individual. We ourselves often feel witness to the operation of a ‘mind system’ which appears to ill serve us. Fortunately, it appears that the ‘mind system’ appears to be a self organizing system (for an excellent treatment of self organizing systems in general, see At Home in the Universe). As such it is a dynamic, ever evolving system, capable of a learning process that is tantamount to self repair. To the extent that we ‘identify’ with extant patterns and/or view our ‘self structure’ in static terms, we can create a kind of ‘neurotic’ looping which sustains patterns in place preventing what we would experience as growth.
A ‘psychotherapeutic’ process informed by an understanding of 1) personality as patterns, 2) the dynamics of self-organizing systems and 3) the power of psychological determinism, can assist folks with undoing of the ‘neurotic’ looping which constrains growth.
Contemporary psychology is characterized by the application of a variety of labels which allow us to gain a quick understanding of just what folks experience. Application of those labels tells us nothing about the patterns which give rise to the experience that folks report. Creation of the conditions for growth and change, in effect, the restructuring of patterns driving personality itself, requires exploration of the ‘architecture’ of the information management system giving rise to templates for action (See Stapp, Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics) and subjective experience in real time.