Cybernetics Essays

Bowen Family Systems Therapy

Abstract This paper was designed to fully describe Bowen’s Theory of Family Systems Therapy. The eight concepts that illustrate this theory will be thoroughly discussed and explained. References of professionals who have worked with and studied Bowen theory will be implemented and relied on in order to adequately understand and depict this theory. And finally, the second portion of this essay will include a case study. The case study will present a family profile, a treatment plan and goals, interventions…

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System Theory

General System Theory accounts for similarities in the functioning of diverse phenomena such as living organisms, machines, galaxy and organizations. All forms, from atomic particles through atoms, molecules, crystals, planets, solar system, and even galaxies may be regarded as ‘system’. ‘System’ may be referred as ‘complexes of elements standing in interaction. (Definition by Bertalanffy). The closed system is system that neither takes in nor emits matter. (only energy exchange is taken into account). The system is called an open system…

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The Grizzly Bear Lodge Challenge

The Grizzly Bear Lodge is a small lodge outside Yellowstone National Park. The business runs from May through September which is its busy season. The lodge currently has 15 rooms and offers continental breakfast on weekdays and a full breakfast on weekends. The Conrads has few but effective employees, including housekeepers, groundskeeper, and receptionist. The Conrads are been offered the opportunity to buy the property next door and are considering expanding their business. The change includes building 20 additional rooms…

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Family System Theory

Human Beings depend on each other to survive and thrive. Whether in family group, business or organizational networks, relationships have the potential to be the resources for accomplishing important goal. Our interactive process can become a hindrance or a source of a productive action. Families are considered systems because they are made up of interrelated elements or objectives, they exhibit coherent behaviours, they have regular interactions and they are interdependent on each other. This is apparent in the relationship between…

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The Bowenian Approach to Family Therapy

Abstract This paper will summarize the theory of family systems developed by Murray Bowen. It will describe the eight key components to Bowenian therapy and the techniques used during practice. Strengths and limitations will be exposed, followed by a summary of the importance of integration between psychology and family systems theory. Keywords: Bowen, integration, family systems theory Part I Introduction Bowen family systems theory is based on the view that the family is an emotional unit. The theory uses systems…

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Cybernetics_ Its Future and Impact

It was an American mathematician by the name of Norbert Wiener who first coined the word “cybernetics” in his book of the same title, which was published in the United States in 1948. It described the similarities in functioning of man and machines. He presented how purposeful and orderly the functions are as it seeks stability in the use of the information it receives. Wiener pointed out that one of the most fundamental characteristics shared by these two is the…

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Contemporary Management Approaches

The four contemporary approaches to management are: Sociotechnical systems theory, quantitative management, organizational behavior, and systems theory. Sociotechnical systems theory tries to revamp tasks to get the most out of the operation of a new technology while maintaining the human aspects of the work, such as the employees’ interpersonal relationships. It also touts the use of teamwork and the partially self-governing work groups as important factors for creating efficient production systems (Bateman S. , 2013). The Quantitative management approach focuses…

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