Janus Effect

Janus was a Roman god with two faces; one looking forward and the other looking back. The Janus Effect is a fundamental characteristic of an entity that possesses the ability to interact with others in both authoritative and dependence roles.

The concepts of holons and holarchies are based on the Janus Effect.(Koestler, 1967)

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Keith Cunningham kc3@cec.wustl.edu Last updated 10/8/94