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Systemic Coaching and Constellations by John Whittington

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Origins and definitions

You can add up the parts

But you won’t have the sum

‘ANTHEM’ BY LEONARD COHEN

Systems and the forces that sustain them

Revealing and resolving unconscious patterns in relational systems can create a significant shift in perceptions, behaviours and actions, and constellations provide a fresh way of doing that. But what do we mean by ‘a system’, what are the forces that influence it and how do we access and work with the resulting dynamics effectively?

A system can be described as a set of interacting or interdependent entities forming an integrated whole. Systems are often large and complex but we are rarely consciously aware of them. If we refer to them at all we may call them our ‘reference system’. ...

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