The Science Of Purposeful Behavior

954 Words Sep 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Cybernetics has been called “the science of purposeful behavior” (Dooley, 1985, as cited by Anchin, 2003); and can apply to any system. Cybernetics began as a way to self-regulate systems and grew into the science of control by feedback, applicable to any system. Case conceptualization is a skill that therapists utilize to synthesize collected data. These two concepts can aid the family therapist in ushering in changes in client well-being. All cybernetic systems are teleological; they exist to achieve a specific purpose or fulfill a specific agenda. The system is comprised of interdependent subsystems, that collectively influence each other and function towards the system goal. The system self-evaluates this progress, communicates the results to itself (feedback), autonomously self-corrects as needed, and feeds back into itself, to begin the process anew.
System theory examines the components of the system, whereas cybernetics examines how the system functions (Anchin, 2003). The collaboration of these two ideas provides a conceptual framework applicable to any system-physical, social, and health sciences, business, engineering, economics, and so forth. The goal in most family systems is homeostasis, or stability (Nichols, 2013), and stability is achieved with cybernetics, using the process of self-regulation achieved through feedback. Feedback loops are a hallmark of cybernetics; they are the primary mechanisms to regulate goal attainment. In addition to information of…
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