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Chaos theory suggests that a small change in initial conditions can create unpredictable outcomes over time. This simplistic definition is commonly known as the butterfly effect. Its genesis comes from mathematical and physics theory and is gaining popularity in the social sciences. Chaos theory explores how change does not occur in a smooth linear path but progresses irregularly and irreversibly over time while increasing in organization and complexity. Change can become unstable and compounds until it appears disordered. Within the apparent disorder, organization will occur that is transformative. Researchers, family therapists, career counselors, and psychologists were among the first to use chaos theory to better understand how individuals, families, and groups adapt and transform to meet environmental pressures.

Historical Context

In 1963, while attempting to replicate a ...

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