Journal of Transpersonal Research. 11/2013; Volume 1(1):19-28.

Despite there have been significant advances both in the theoretical and the practical level in the field of the transpersonal psychology since his foundation, now forty years ago, this discipline has not received yet the recognition it deserves within the mainstream psychology and the academic world.

However, the transpersonal psychology has emphasized the scientific approach to his subject of study since its inception, and his theme of study has maintained close relationship to the forefront of science since long before it was officially declared the birth of this field. In the past decades some scientifics and researchers have established parallels between several leading-edge scientific discoveries and the observations made by transpersonal orientation psychologists and psychotherapists.

This is especially true for the field known as systems thinking, complex thinking or sciences of complexity, field that include a series of scientific theories, including general systems theory, cybernetics, the theory of the dissipative structures, chaos theory and the theories of self-organization.

If the field of the transpersonal psychology wants to obtain the recognition it deserves, it should emphasize the parallels between science and transpersonal psychology, supporting methodologically rigorous scientific studies, and displaying a critical attitude towards the knowledge and discourses generated within the discipline.