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NLP The New Technology of Achievement
by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner, the NLP Comprehensive Team
Copyright 1996 paperback 354 pages

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NLP the new technology of achievement

My NLP teacher has a big collection of self-help books. To participate in her "library", we put a ten-pound deposit. Here's a review of the first book I read, which took me three weeks!

This is very much a book for someone who has never been exposed to NLP. It's very easy to read. The exercises are easy to follow, but not so easy to do unless there's a facilitator. What I mean by this is that someone else reads the instructions and you listen and follow.

The exercises are probably what make this book unique and useful. However, many revolve around the activity of visualisation. It says, "NLP exercises are like thought experiments." In other words, the experiments may or may not work.

I'm quite accustomed to visualisation, almost to my detriment. I do scenario analysis a lot in order to prepare for different outcomes. But this sometimes backfires. I imagine the worst and get sucked into it.

One interesting exercise is to write your autobiography, first without love and then with love. To write it with love, it asks that you think of someone who loves you deeply. Put yourself in that person's shoes and then write your autobiography.

If you do anything with love and passion, you will get different and hopefully better results. So a lot of what it says is common sense, though much of that has been lost in this attention-challenged and time-challenged information society.

By the end of this 10 week 2-hour evening course, I am convinced that I will suffer from an overdose of NLP, particularly from reading my teacher's vast collection of self-help books. The trouble with reading self-help books is that it leads you to think you're actually helping yourself. But you're only just reading and not living!

7 October 2002 Monday

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