The practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
  • Example, it is reductionist to reduce all self-administered techniques with varied intents into a single group of "exercises" presumed to produce similar results.

Related Terms

  • holism
  • systems thinking
  • complexity
  • emergent properties
  • reductionism fallacy


  • Reductionist
  • reductionistic