The Pattern System: A Periodic Table for Psychology (Kindle Version)
The Pattern System is a systematic approach to understanding your personality that can lead directly to psychological healing and personal growth. It also helps you to understand other people–why they respond as they do, what makes them tick. Once your have understood the Pattern System and explored yourself according to its model, you will come away with a comprehensive map of your psyche.
The Pattern System: A Periodic Table for Psychology
Jay Earley, Ph.D.
The Pattern System is a systematic approach to understanding your personality that can lead directly to psychological healing and personal growth. It also helps you to understand other people–why they respond as they do, what makes them tick. Once your have understood the Pattern System and explored yourself according to its model, you will come away with a comprehensive map of your psyche. You will be able to see your strengths and your defenses, your places of pain and how you compensate for them. You will understand the structure of your inner conflicts and see the leading edge of your growth.
The Pattern System will make clear what you need to explore next to resolve the issues that are most important to you. You will know where there is underlying pain, shame, or fear that must be healed. You will know which psychological capacities you can develop (or are already developing) to make your life happier and more productive. You will see how to ground your spiritual development in higher functioning in your life.
Therapists, coaches, and other helping professionals can use the Pattern System to understand the details of the psychological structure and dynamics of their clients. Researchers can use it as the basis for psychological studies.
The Pattern System is based on 40 years of observing my clients’ behavior, emotions, underlying psychological issues, and their origins in childhood. This has been enhanced by many years of providing supervision, training, and consultation for therapists and many discussions with colleagues. I have put this together using my background in systems thinking and computer science. It is a new way of organizing into useful form the extraordinary amount of data that psychotherapists absorb about our clients.
The Pattern System is an essential coaching asset, especially when I’m puzzled about the best tack to take or a client isn’t progressing. For one client, it led a breakthrough. For another, it helped us to gracefully disengage. Jay Earley’s system complements and extends the IFS framework by adding more awareness about different kinds of parts and how they organize. How “patterns” can evolve to “capacities” helps me and my clients generate more hope and Self-energy. And the sections on pattern-related transference/countertransference made me much more aware of my own parts that were challenged by certain client patterns. And, better still, helped them step back so I could work more effectively. I also appreciate Jay’s courage in using himself as a case for illustration, and creating a wiki so a broad community can continue to extend the work he’s initiated.
~Mark Hurwich, MBA, IFS Coach
Over the past 40 years I have worked with people in the fields of education, psychotherapy, and spiritual counseling. Training and diagnostic manuals in these fields focus on issues from the severe disorders to the neurosis. This point of view does not do justice to the majority of my clients and students because it looks at the world of psychological health from a place of disease.
I began looking at recurring patterns, configurations and situations that did greater justice to the human and spiritual potential of my clients. Upon reading The Pattern System I saw much of my own thinking on paper, only in a more thorough and sophisticated way. This was a treatise that I dreamed of writing! It moves the subject of human development from a “Newtonian” to an Einsteinian point of view.
Jay Earley’s understanding of human growth and development as following certain patterns is a very necessary counterpoint to the conventional notion based on sickness. At last someone is steering the conversation in a much more comprehensive, holistic and complementary direction. I am so glad that The Pattern System can find a wider audience as a book and stir the debate about how to look at psychological health and human growth.
~Franz Feige, PhD
This is excellent stuff! I found The Pattern System clear and easy to understand and work with. Earley is pulling together a huge framework here, and the content is spot on. I’m a psychologist myself and meet individual clients on a daily basis, and it was easy for me to recognize most of the patterns in my clients as well as myself. I found the countertransference chapter to be the most interesting personally!
~Ronnie Grandell, Psychologist, Executive Coach
In my opinion the Pattern System is a rich body of work, a unique contribution to the field of psychology, and a much needed systems-oriented framework for the discipline. I find Earley’s writing persuasive, uncomplicated, and directly useful; most of the diagrams are informative, albeit plain. Overall, I enjoyed The Pattern System, learned much from the writing and would recommend it to anyone interested in personal development.
Humanity has accumulated a vast array of valuable insights, derived from numerous schools of thought, regarding the complex dynamics involved in human psychology and behavior. There is a vital need for an integrative model that can, by organizing it, serve as a framework for understanding and a guide for useful application. With the innovative Pattern System, Jay Earley has made great strides toward this goal.
It provides an extensive map by which to systematically navigate as we identify areas of functioning in all arenas and at all levels of health or dysfunction, discover their underlying origins and psychological configurations, and strategically pursue development. It will prove helpful not only to therapists and coaches and their clients, but to people in all walks of life and in any situation. Moreover, it has implications for families, communities and society on a larger scale and is a prototype that can inspire and catalyze further innovation in the years to come.
~Howard Ditkoff, M.D., Coach & Consultant, SystemsThinker.com
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