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Reaction Paper # 3 “The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity  and Problem Solving” By Joseph O’Connor & Ian McDermott
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The   book,  The   Art   of   Systems   Thinking:   Essential   Skills   for   Creativity   and   Problem   Solving   by   Joseph   O’Connor   and   Ian   McDermott   was   one   of   the   most  interesting and informative books I have ever read. The premise of the book is that we  are systems and we live in a world of systems, some of which are simple and others are  complex. The book describes how systems function, the way they are connected, and  how to affect them. The concepts were easy to understand because of the insightful  examples and descriptions throughout the book. I kept nodding and agreeing with many  of the statements and ideas presented in the book and would highly recommend it to  anyone. If we do perceive ourselves as systems then I would think that human beings  would be very complex systems both physically and emotionally. In systems thinking  everything is connected or linked to another part of the system and if part of the system  is influenced then there is a great likelihood that the whole system will feel the impact in  some form or another.  “The side-effects of drugs may appear years after treatment and  it is hard to make the connection between the two. For example, steroid drugs are used  to treat a whole variety of conditions: inflammation, asthma, eczema and arthritis. Yet   they   can   also   cause   muscle   wasting,   high   blood   sugar,   diabetes,   water   retention,  insomnia, mood changes, menstrual problems and osteoporosis.”     1 . My hip problems  stemmed from steroid use and so I was able to really relate to this example. Sometimes  1 The Art of Systems Thinking  (San Francisco, CA:  Thorsons, 1997), 23.
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