I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more like a circle. I'll try to present this in form of graphs to make it a bit easier to understand.
The first one is: item A ---> item B (the importance is placed on the first element which influences the other (assumed less significant)
the other: A ---> B ---> A (sorry, I couldn't draw a circle) (importance is, to my way of thinking, placed on item A)
I wish to build build a sentence similar to : Instead of thinking about A-B linkage "in vertical terms", it should be examined as .. circle?
It sounds MUCH better in my head :/