We hope the experiment proposed in this article helps in understanding the feedback analysis framework, the interplay of the different parts of coupled systems, and the fact that positive feedbacks do not necessarily lead to runaway effects.
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To illustrate the concepts of positive feedback, stability, Instability, tipping point, and saturated feedback, we conceive a very simple device based on a scale principle with two water reservoirs.
This feedback is amplified as the climate warms owing to the increase in the tropopause height (Meraner et al.
Problems may arise when the source of feedback is higher in status than the recipient.
Feedback is more effectve when mediated by a consultant.
A number of theorists have examined the role of the consultant and conclude that the feedback process must be a client-centered and democratic process if it is to be useful to the feedback recipient and if it is to be effective in producing behavior change [8, 15, 23, 25, 57, 70].
These mixed results lead to the conclusion that consultants may have a preferred style of interacting with clients, but that the consulting style within a particular feedback session emerges from the dynamic interaction between the consultant and the client .
Feedback is more effective when the consultant is authentic, respectful, supportive, empathic, non-judgmental, and able to keep consultations confidential.
Another variable to be considered is the feedback process is the mode of feedback, or how feedback is communicated to the recipient.