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For most of Western psychology, the assumption is made that the person is a distinct and separable object of study. Our efforts to understand the human being and to predict human behaviour have focused largely upon attributes considered to be parts of the individual psyche. This has been true despite theory and confirming evidence to show how interdependent we are with our ecology, our attachments, and our relationships. The dominant approach fails to take cognizance of the degree to which people are in fact interdependent and that the boundaries of the person are actually quite fluid. A full understanding of the individual depends upon an appreciation of the nature, and of the degree, of a person's interdependence with a broader sustaining ecology and, particularly, with ...

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