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"Unique an outstanding contribution to this area which lies at the heart of NLP." --Wyatt Woodsmall PhD

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Bob Bodenhamer and Michael Hall are two of the brightest and most enthusiastic authors on the NLP scene today. Renowned for their integrity, their compassion and their dedication to applying and expanding NLP into areas where it has not travelled previously, both have already made major contributions to the expansion of this intriguing field.
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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899836101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899836109
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like making lists, too.
Seth in SF
I use this book as a reference, but it reads like a scientific dictionary.
Michael Lovas
The goal of the book was not to prove NLP.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2003
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This has to be the most useful and comprehensive portrait of character and personality ever written. Hall paints many aspects of character and personality in a well-formatted and easy-to-read/easy-to-use manner. Despite such a complex topic as humanity, this book shows you the ways in which individuals are really different from each other, and how we are not so different after-all.
Hall takes you from the lofty thoughts of thinking out your identity down to the nitty-gritty of emotions, thoughts, awareness and feelings. If you're looking for a complete guide to interpersonal or social skills, and better yet self-knowledge and development, this is the book for you.
The typical 'typology' approach (Keirsey-Bates, Enneagram, etc.) doesn't do justice to individuals who don't 'fit' into any one distinct category. Hall bypasses this mistake in grouping by giving us the ways in which people can differ from each other, how to think like them, and how to communicate with them! With this book you can look at yourself and others as unique individuals while building understanding and cooperation.
I've read many of Hall's books and favor this over all the rest.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lovas on October 24, 2008
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As a trainer of NLP, I understand Meta Programs pretty well. As a coach, I use Meta Programs on a daily basis. As a personal friend of Rodger Bailey, I know more about Meta Programs than most people because Rodger and I spent a lot of hours exploring this aspect of psychology. If you don't know Rodger's name, he is the person who published the original work on meta programs, working with Leslie Cameron Bandler.

Rodger has a brilliance for taking technical or complex information and making it very clear. That's a talent that Michael Hall does not have. Rodger is a communicator and teacher. Michael Hall is a researcher and data collector. Communicating is simply not Hall's strength. I've attempted to wade through several of his books, and they're all the same - great content if you can endure that much dry data.

I use this book as a reference, but it reads like a scientific dictionary. It's not written to be read from cover to cover. I appreciate the giant bite that Hall takes in cataloging so much data, but the book is more about simply capturing the data, than clearly explaining it.

For anyone interested in meta programs, I would look for Rodger Bailey's audio package. It is hands-down far easier to understand - certainly that's even more true for someone just starting to learn meta programs.

Michael Lovas
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Colin on April 16, 2000
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I`m not sure if the ideas contained in this book occur elsewhere but they are well presented here. Not an easy book but very impressive. It will take some time to incorparate all the information contained within into your daily relationships so beware. Otherwise a super book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 6, 2013
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"Figuring Out People" is a dense book with a lot of information about "meta programs", the unconscious beliefs and perceptual filters that determine our personality and how we experience reality. The premise of the book is that personality is not static and can be changed through changes to your metaprograms, and also that communication breakdowns are not unavoidable - that we can communicate efficiently with someone by understanding his/her metaprograms and matching them in the way we communicate. The book covers dozens of metaprograms for the reader to observe in themselves and in other people, and teaches strategies for how to communicate with people of various metaprograms. It also teaches you how to make changes in both your and other people`s metaprograms.

This is very important and profound content. It`s not the only book on this subject, but it`s very comprehensive. It`s not a quick read - because as you learn each metaprogram you should take time to practice looking forward and dealing with it. But for anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate and have influence over a diverse group of people, then this book is definitely worth the investment of time.

Despite the importance of the content, the book contains MANY spelling and formatting errors that could easily be fixed by a proofreader, and would be far easier than the compilation and organization of the data in the book. I know who L. Michael Hall is and I know he is a leading authority on NLP, but for someone who doesn`t know that - these fixable errors could make them question the author`s authority.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seth in SF on April 4, 2013
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Figuring People Out came out the same year (1997) as Hall and Bodenhamer's book Mind-Lines and suffers all of the same flaws. Some of this review is verbatim from my review of Mind-Lines, but it applies.

Figuring People Out is Hall and Bodenhamer's presentation of Metaprograms, the NLP concept that people have an idiosyncratic predilection to sort for certain types of information in certain contexts. When the book came out there was only one, hard-to-find book on the subject (by Leslie Cameron Bandler) and most people had to learn the material entirely from course notes or take a class. Shortly after, Shelle Rose Charvet's Words that Change Minds book and tape set would alter that completely.

But Figuring People Out is the only book to give the Hall & Bodenhamer treatment to Metaprograms. The "Hall & Bodenhamer treatment" of an NLP topic is to reduce it to extremely small pieces (whether that is useful or not), re-organize and rename those pieces so they are recognizably different from how other NLP books teach them, and then claim to have invented something new and powerful.

They also write in "e-prime," a style of writing briefly popular in the 80s human potential movement where passive voice is eliminated. Reading a lot of e-prime can be tiring and it certainly sounds unnatural.

Figuring People Out doesn't suffer from much of the horrible layout and typography that Mind Lines does, fortunately. It is actually usable as a reference book. But it goes even further overboard on the small-chunk detail that isn't either useful or entertaining.

The authors' real interest in the material is in how many metaprograms the can list: how many possible unconscious sortings they can invent.
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