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McIntosh, Esther; MacDonald, Don; Sink, Chris (2016)
Publisher: Marquette University Press
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: H1, HQ, BL, B1
This article seeks to draw out the links between systems thinking and the philosophy of John Macmurray. In fact, while systems theory is a growing trend in a number of disciplines, including counselling and psychotherapy, the narrative describes its ancient roots. Macmurray’s insistence that humans exist as interdependent rather\ud than independent beings is supported by systems theory. Moreover, Macmurray’s critique of institutionalized religion and his favouring of inclusive religious community is akin to a model of spirituality that, in positive psychology, is conceived of as an open system.
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