George Mason University

Lifestyle Management
through System Analysis



System Change

This lecture reviews the concept of system change and contrasts it to change through personal effort and increased motivation. 


  1. Distinguish system change from additional effort
  2. Analyze why you have not succeeded in past resolutions
  3. Learn to brainstorm possible solutions

Assigned Reading

  1. Read about system change in chapter 3 in the book Thinking Person Weight Loss & Exercise.


  1. Lecture on system change Slides► 2003 Slides  Listen►  SWF►

What you know?

Advanced learners like you, often need different ways of understanding a topic. Reading is just one way of understanding. Another way is through writing about what you have read.  The enclosed assessment is designed to get you to think more about the concepts taught in this session. 

  1. Are groups that share the same environment more likely to make system change?
  2. Which of the following is a system change for increasing exercise or improving diet?  (a) Standing chair, (b) Reducing house temperatures, (c) Getting a dog, (d) Eating better
  3. What are the characteristics that distinguish system change from more effort and motivation based changes.

Assignment Due this Week

  1. Every week ask a question or comment on the lecture.  Comment►  Ask► 

  2. List 3 possible solutions to the problem you want to solve  More►

  3. Evaluate 5 solutions listed by others   More►

  4. One week after the assignment date, you can check the rating of your solution. Redo your work if your solutions are not rated above 50%  More►


  • System thinking in a personal context  PubMed►

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