Network vs. Hierarchy as Organizing Principles: Information, Power, Benefits in Business as in the Brain
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Psychology, Southern Federal
University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Professor of Finance and Psychology in SIAS-CIAPS (Centre for International
Advanced and Professional Studies).
*Corresponding Author: Sam Vaknin, Visiting
Professor of Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Professor
of Finance and Psychology in SIAS-CIAPS, Email: [email protected]
Sam Vaknin (2020) Network vs.
Hierarchy as Organizing Principles: Information, Power, Benefits in Business as
in the Brain. J Neuropsychiatr Neurodis, 2(2);1-3
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methodology and concepts are also being applied to mental health disorders and
psychopathology: symptoms are treated as nodes, causally interconnected via
biological, psychological, and societal mechanisms. Symptoms can become
self-sustaining and self-reinforcing as they get integrated in robust feedback
loops. The entire network than becomes chaotic (disordered). Stable states of networked
symptoms amount to discreet mental health diagnoses (Borsboom, D.(2017) A
Network Theory of Mental Disorders, World Psychiatry, 16(1): 5–13, https://doi.org/10.1002/wps.20375).
reconception of mental illness as a network of directly and dynamically
interacting symptoms is a reversal of the medicalized static common cause and
latent variable model where symptoms are brought on by a single mental health
syndrome or disorder (Bringmann, L. F., & Eronen, M. I. (2018). Don't blame
the model: Reconsidering the network approach to psychopathology. Psychological
Review, 125 (4), 606-615. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000108).