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Synergetics [Greek syn, with, together; ergon, work] is a field of scientific endeavor concerned with "how things work together." It addresses especially the question of how structures evolve and organize themselves (self-organization). At the same time, it tries to elucidate and formulate the general principles that govern such organizational processes, whether in animate or inanimate nature. Accordingly, synergetics can be defined as the science of ordered, self-organizing, collective behaviors. As such, it offers models of how individuals behave while they interact with each other.

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)