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circularity

These terms refer to a sequence of cause and effect that leads back to a first cause and either confirms or changes that first cause. This principle also applies to the processes of logical conclusions and argument. The most elementary model of circularity is the so-called feedback loop; its conceptual opposite is lineality.

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Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)