The Center for Ecopsychology
Systems OverviewFrom an Ecopsychological perspective; systems thinking can help us understand, manage, and identify root problems; adapt, widen our perspectives, widen our range of choices, and see new opportunities about ourselves, others and the natural world.
A System at its most fundamental definition, is an organized complexity of integrated relations, an interconnected set of elements that are coherently organized in a way that achieves something.
A system consists of three basic elements: (1) a functioning set of components, (2) a flow of energy which powers them, and (3) a process for the internal regulation of their functioning called feedback (Trewartha, et. al., 1977).
Systems can be classified as open, closed, or isolated:
Open systems allow energy and mass to pass across the system boundary. EX: The Ocean
A closed system allows energy but not mass across its system boundary. Ex: The Earth
An isolated system allows neither mass or energy to pass across the system boundary.
There are four main types of systems: Mechanistic, Animate, Social and Ecological.
Most systems share common characteristics, including:
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