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Inherent Time Structure

The term ‘inherent time structure (Eigenzeit)’ is not very common in the theory of change. However, if one views systems as self-generating, that is, as processes which stabilise by way of movement, the inherent time structure becomes an indispensable theoretical element. Here one can look at the contents of decisions: in order to stabilise, a system must limit its possibilities, thus it must make selections and also limit the possibilities of follow-up selections (if someone furnishes a flat with taste, then, at some point only that, which is part of the style, will look good. Therefore, many nice things can no longer be purchased…). This is also conceptualised by the term ‘path dependent’.

However, one can also look at the rhythm, the modulation, the frequency, the density, the irritation thresholds, the temperament and the cycles of the system. Then one gains access to the phenomenon of inherent time structure: Temporally, systems hardly act in a linear fashion, rather, they form an inherent time and, thus, they gain an internal selection pattern. This shaping of time is extremely stable, just like the inherent values, and dictates the synchronisation with the environment. This limits the connection possibilities, just like a factual style does. Therefore, consultants for change also require means for understanding and using the customers’ (systems’) inherent time structures.