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The Self-Organizing Social Mind

John Bolender


This book proposes a new explanation for the forms of social relations. It argues that the core of social-relational cognition exhibits beauty—in the physicist’s sense of the word, associated with symmetry. The book describes a fundamental set of patterns in interpersonal cognition that account for the resulting structures of social life in terms of their symmetries and the breaking of those symmetries. It further describes the symmetries of the four fundamental social relations as ordered in a nested series akin to what one finds in the formation of a snowflake or spiral galaxy. Symmetry brea ... More

Keywords: social relations, social-relational cognition, beauty, symmetry, interpersonal cognition, social life, nested series, snowflake, spiral galaxy, neural activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014441
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Bolender, author