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No. 2 (2022)

Generating a beneficial creative chaos to manage compartmentalization in psychology: A trans-disciplinary approach to intertwine plurality and unity

November 4, 2022


The search for a composition between plurality and unity of psychology is developed here by articulating a reflection on three points concerning:

  1. the origins of the phenomenon of compartmentalization that can be traced back to a dual configuration - plural and fragmented - of psychology; characteristics that are connected but not coincidental;
  2. the acceptability of a trans-disciplinary approach to design a composition of psychology that respects its plural articulation;
  3. the choice of the area of health as the elective phenomenical field to test the possibility of composing the plurality and unity of psychology starting from a trans-disciplinary approach.


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