The systems paradigm is a coherent set of basic concepts and axioms that form the worldview or perspective underlying systems theory. The systems paradigm is characterized as being holistic, meaning that it always refers to the whole system or environment as the most appropriate frame of reference for understanding something. Systems thinking is based on synthetic reasoning instead of analysis and deals with processes that involve nonlinear feedback loops of interdependence. It is a relational paradigm, meaning it looks at the connections between entities and how networks of connections can shape the elements. Finally, the systems paradigm is focused on understanding the world in terms of constant change and is processes orientated in nature.