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Systemic versus classic NLP


Neuro Linguistic Programming - NLP is a science that studies the structure of subjective experience. It is not so important what we think about, but how we create thinking and behavior and how they affect our emotional state.

Neuro - refers to how we create a mindset and in what condition our mental immunity is.
Linguistic - refers to how we express the inner world in words. Language is not an experience, only a representation of the experience. You can speak the same language and still not understand each other.

Programming - is a set of patterns that create behavior and align our actions to achieve goals. These patterns create programs in our neurological systems. Some of these programs limit us, and some motivate us to achieve our specific and desired results.

NLP links the processes of thinking, behaviors and actions that are expressed through verbal and non-verbal communication in different aspects of daily life.

As a communication model, NLP offers the tools and skills necessary to develop through the work of cognizing one's own identity, defining goals and building strategies for achieving them.

Classic NLP belongs to the third generation of NLP science development and is more business oriented. By applying the techniques of classical NLP the changes occur in the mental field.


Marina Anchevska NLP Master Trainer

Unlike the classical, Systemic NLP belongs to the fifth generation in the development of NLP as a science and is more than a set of practical techniques for better personal and professional development!

Systemic NLP is based on the principles of systemic approach and methodology.

The individual is a part of a bigger system in any kind of partnership, family, team, organization, in society.

This systemic approach identifies the processes of communication and behavior in the system, based on the values and beliefs of the group, i.e. the system.

The entire dynamics of family systems from which we originate are intertwined in the background of our behavior, actions, motivation, decision-making, as well as any other daily personal and professional process.

Identifying, understanding and resolving unconscious patterns, i.e. dynamics in any type of systemic relation, can create a significant change in perception, behavior and action.

These dynamics cannot be resolved without understanding group or system dynamics.

This practical systemic approach was developed in order to shift the focus from the individual to the wider system, and from that perspective to support its development, leadership and organizational vitality in all types of systems, be they personal or corporate.

Systemic dynamics do not fit assessments of personality, team profiles and other models. They are behind every rational intervention and request to be discovered solely through practical systemic intervention.

Systemic NLP provides a framework for detecting systemic family dynamics, which are visible through the behavior of the individual, their resolution and understanding, which is of crucial importance in creating effective changes in daily life.

And by applying the modern tools of the Systemic NLP the changes are simple and much easier.

By identifying the dynamics in the family or organizational system, the focus shifts from the individual to the wider system, because working at the personality level alone can remove the symptom, but the dynamics at the system level will simply reappear and be expressed in another context.

Shifting the focus to the broader system, in turn, provides a better understanding of how the individual works in the system and the system itself, family or organizational as a whole, which results in developing self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

Systemic NLP, due to nonlinear thinking and systemic intervention, provides new sources and solutions for resolving any kind of team or organizational dynamics, developing a systemic perspective and understanding the complex dynamics in family and organizational systems, as well as developing collective perception and systemic leadership.

Real change happens only if we understand family and organizational connections and dynamics.
If we do not know the past structure and if we do not look at the individual from a wider dimension, then we will never understand what it is that we are trying to change.