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Lewis B. L. (1989) Self as a system: A second order cybernetic perspective. Journal of Strategic & Systemic Therapies 8(2–3): 65–72. Fulltext at
The concept of self is explored from the perspective of systems theory, particularly 2nd-order cybernetics. The author believes that the self, like the family, is a legitimate autonomous system (i.e., a unity with organization and structure that functions in a manner that is always self-referential). The concepts of organizational closure and structural coupling, as developed by H. Maturana and F. Varela (1980), are employed to describe how the self and the family represent nonintersecting systems that have mutual influence.

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