What Is Reflexivity?

Reflexivity is a characteristic of social systems and a capability of humans. As a characteristic of social systems it means openness to information, knowledge and feedback from the environment (responsiveness) and awareness in respect of external effects of internal action. In relation to individuals and groups reflexivity means the competence of distancing from ingrained routines and mindsets, from preconceived persuasions of one’s own community, etc. People of greater reflexity check altervatives, appreciate the new, the different, and the divergent; they do not absolutize their own opinions and cope better with diversity and uncertainty.

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