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  1. In general, to understand the term, it does not hurt to keep in mind what this concept is opposed to. I can offer the understanding that systems thinking is the opposite of linear thinking, say, or fragmented thinking.

    Simply put, as Comrade Groysman has already noted, systems thinking consists in the ability to perceive, operate and take into account all relevant factors. In the case of linear thinking, this process is one-dimensional, i.e. it takes into account some separate piece of the system under study, and does not take into account other aspects and their interdependencies.

    The solution to all these problems – that is: 1) Taking into account the entire set of relevant factors + 2) Taking into account their interaction – and can be associated with the formation of system thinking.

  2. It's quite simple.

    Systematic, also known as mosaic, thinking is when you relate all the facts perceived and considered by you to each other according to the principle of “general-particular”, “form-content”, “main-secondary”, etc.�

    The result is a single and internally consistent picture of the world-a system or mosaic.

    The opposite is so-called kaleidoscopic thinking – this is when facts are perceived and considered separately, without their correlation with each other. The result is a kaleidoscope of the world: the slightest twist, the slightest change in the angle of view, and your whole picture is destroyed.

    A good example of non-systematic thinking is, for example, the Orthodox believer, for whom the question “If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” is an insurmountable intellectual obstacle ) Believers with a systematic mindset deal with this issue quite famously.

  3. A system is an abstract concept. System boundaries are defined individually.
    It's easier with an example.

    The internal combustion engine of a car is a completely independent system that is necessary to turn the translational movement of the piston into the rotational movement of the crankshaft. Inside this system, there are mechanisms that contribute to the optimal solution of the problem.

    However, the engine, in turn, is part of another system-the car. And you can't look at the engine in isolation from the car.

    The car is also part of other systems — road systems, traffic safety systems, and so on.
    All of the above is part of another system — the transportation system.

    Systems thinking involves the ability to evaluate the totality of all factors influencing the final decision.

  4. There are different types of”thinking”:logical, abstract, imaginative, large-scale-this list, perhaps not complete, also includes systems thinking.What is the peculiarity of system thinking?A person with systems thinking sees the entire set of elements that make up a particular system in unity, without dividing it.A person who does not have such a mindset considers it in parts, selectively, or in a certain order. People with systems thinking can be designers, managers, military leaders, of course, if there are still other qualities necessary for this.

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