fixed-point attractor

fixed-point attractor

[′fikst ¦pȯint ə′trak·tər]
(physics)
An attractor that consists of a single point in phase space and describes a stationary state of a system.
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With predictable consistency, Lina's teacher identity system shifted between two fixed-point attractors in an iterative process involving the foregrounding and backgrounding of mutually contradictory I-positions.
Butz (1997: 27) refers to the point attractor as depicting a system whose "dynamics represent a...movement toward rest." If all natural and social systems are chaotic (constituted by [dis]order), how, then, do fixed-point attractors function in practice?
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