The process of repetition, or replication, is the means by which a form, a living system, or a human behavior becomes stabilized, recognizable, and characteristic. Patterns are important in the generation of form. They "can be viewed as a material representation of archetypal, informational fields in space and time. They exist as external mappings of internal processes." It is through patterns, an intentional series of steps that are repeated in a highly consistent and sequenced way, that a unique archetypal alignment becomes incarnate in the outer world, taking shape as a migratory flight pattern, a mushroom, a psychiatric or substance use disorder, or a human relationship.