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Understanding of the theories and philosophies that evolved into Parse's theory of human becoming is essential to understanding the essence of her theory.
The content of the HEM is also grounded in the concepts of energy field, mutual human-environment process, and pattern in Rogers' (1970) Science of Unitary Human Beings; the conceptualization of health as a synthesis with illness in Newman's (1994) Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness; and the idea of complementary opposites (paradox) in Parse's (1995) Theory of Human Becoming.
Cody (1998) illustrated a number of incongruencies between critical theory and Parse's Theory of Human Becoming, a theory with similar ontological foundations as Rogers' nursing science.