Complexity, Relationships, and Strange Loops:
Reflexive Practice Guide

Table of Contents

Section 1: Getting Started

Riding the Roller Coaster
Relationships and effectiveness
Reflexive practice
Reflexive elements
Practicing reflexivity
Approaches to relational systems
Linear and Systemic Approaches Table
Systemic approach and reflexivity
Using this Guide
When to use this guide
How this Guide Works

Section 2: Strange Loop Pattern

Inviting the Strange Loop Pattern
The strange loop and complexity
Fixed realities
The Strange Loop Pattern
Exploring the Strange Loop Pattern
Detailed Strange Loop Pattern
Closed reaction ripple effect
Open reaction ripple effect
Strange Loop Pattern example 1
Strange Loop Pattern example 2
Reflexivity, strange loops, and learning

Section 3: Pattern Recognition

Using the Strange Loop Pattern
The Strange Loop Pattern as a structure
Stories We Tell
Contextual logic
Using pattern recognition
Uniqueness and fractals
Two different loop patterns
Six Loop Patterns
Types of patterns
Pseudo-Charmed and Pseudo-Hexed Loop Patterns
Pseudo-Charmed Loop Pattern
Pseudo-Hexed Loop Pattern
Lost-Charmed and Lost-Hexed Loop Patterns
Lost-Charmed Loop Pattern
Lost-Hexed Loop Pattern
Charmed and Hexed Loop Patterns
Charmed Loop Pattern
Hexed Loop Pattern
Loops Interacting with Loops
Relational system dynamics
Example of system dynamics
Using Loop Patterns
Loop patterns as a tool
Loop patterns and energy

Section 4: Mindful Strategies

Mindful Action
Critical consciousness
Potential choice points
Emergence and possible futures
Learning as you go
Taking Mindful Actions
Mindful strategies
Reflexive choices
Continue the Pattern and Examine the Pattern
Continue the Pattern
Examine the Pattern
Accept and Live in the Pattern
Exit the Pattern
Create a Charmed Loop Pattern
Sustain a Charmed Loop Pattern
Transforming a Loop Pattern
Taking mindful action
In summary
Paradoxical Tension
Reflexivity and tension
Being compelled
Paradoxical Tension Model
Riding the Roller Coaster
Learning in action

Section 5: Relational System Analysis

Before You Start!
Start here!
Instructions for Using this Section
Selecting a Relational System
Examining the Relational System
Detailed Narrative Table (Analyzing a Situation)
Detailed Narrative Table (Analyzing an Opportunity)
Analyzing the Relational System
Loop Patterns Road Map
Mapping the Relational System
Relational systems mapping
Selecting a Reflexive Choice
Selecting Leverage Points
Taking Action
Learning from Action

Section 6: Patterns & Choices

Section 6 Contents
Instructions for Using this Section
Loop Patterns
Pseudo-Charmed Loop
Pseudo-Hexed Loop
Lost-Charmed Loop
Lost-Hexed Loop
Charmed Loop
Hexed Loop
Reflexive Choices
Continue the Pattern
Examine the Pattern
Accept and Live in the Pattern
Exit the Pattern
Create a Charmed Loop Pattern
Sustain a Charmed Loop Pattern

Section 7: Toolbox

Learning in Action Tools
Action Thinking Tool
Critical-in-the-moment reflection
Critical-after-the-fact reflection
Fishbowl coaching
Behaviour Observation Form
Decision Making Protocol
Individual decisions
Decision Making Map
Feedback Protocol
Feedback script
Feedback Script Template
Feedback protocol
Governing Values Analysis
Identifying your governing values
Governing Values Table
Learning Journal Tool
Keeping a Learning Journal
Learning journal summary
Learning from Action Analysis
Learning in action
Left-Hand Column Analysis
Conversation analysis
Conversation Analysis Form
Conversation Analysis Table
Models for Action Analysis
Models for action
Models for Action Table (1)
Models for Action Table (2)
Projection Analysis
Identify judgements and emotions
Draw conclusions
Possibility Generation Tool
Generating possibilities
Stories Told Analysis
Stories analysis
Stories Told Table

Section 8: More Information

Research References
Researchers who informed this guide
Everyone Who Tested this Guide
Guide References
MHA InfoMine Newsletters
Useful Contacts
Support systems
User support
Pocket Guides