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Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling Reprint Edition

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A significant work and for me, the essence of what NLP is really about. I do recommend this book. -- Sue Knight, author of "NLP Solutions"

A tour de force, a magnificent contribution to the study of the structure of subjectivity, therapy and personal change. -- NLP World, November 2000

Be prepared for this book to launch you on a personal journal of change and development. -- David Grove, author of Resolving Traumatic Memories

Presents deep perspectives about helping people learn how to facilitate their own creativity in solving their own problems. Well done! --Ernest Rossi, Ph.D., author of "Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing

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Caroline Myss, Ph.D., best selling author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Why People Don't Heal says:

"Tompkins and Lawley have written a book that provides people with a tool for profound analysis and insight. The use of Metaphors as a means of evaluating how you order your world, your relationships, your occupation, and interpret the experiences of your life is invaluable. This book should be read by everyone who has an interest in expanding their awareness of why they say the things they do, and discovering how the 'contents' of their lives are sources of empowerment."

Ernest Rossi, Ph.D. author of Dreams, Consciousness & Spirit, The Symptom Path to Enlightenment and The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing says:

"Metaphors in Mind presents a broad integration of deep perspectives about helping people learn how to facilitate their own creativity in solving their own problems in their own way. Well done!"

David Grove, MS. author of Resolving Traumatic Memories says:

"I have tremendous admiration for the innovative work they have developed ... I congratulate Penny and James on completing this valuable book ... a richly stimulating text that gently escorts the reader on a captivating journey. Be prepared for this book to launch you on a personal journey of change and development. The parade of thought provoking concepts, stories and challenges contained within will provide a reliable travelling companion to accompany you along the way."

Charles Faulkner, author of NLP - The New Technology of Achievement, says:

"It is a closely reasoned, well-referenced, and articulate contribution to therapeutic practice, the understanding of metaphor, and the importance of applied theory."

Michael Hall, Ph.D. author of Meta-States, The Secrets of Magic, Mind-Lines and many other books, says:

"James Lawley and Penny Tompkins have provided an excellent presentation of working with metaphors in order to model human experience. What I really like about this new work is their research in Cognitive Linguistic, Cognitive Psychology and self-organization theory."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Pub Ltd; Reprint edition (October 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953875105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953875108
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I believe this book marks a significant advance in psychology and therapy. David Grove is a genius. For me, he is up there with Freud, Jung and Milton Erickson. And while anyone who experiences David at work can see he is doing something very different with his clients, understanding that something has not been easy until the arrival of "Metaphors in Mind". The authors have had access to David and have made his work accessible.
Not many serious books are as well written as this one. Penny & James have managed to make the chapters largely self-contained. Chapters begin with an outline of what will be covered, then the details and then a useful summary. There is no mystification. It is obvious the authors want people to have a clear understanding. The book is well referenced, has a useful index and also contains three annotated transcripts of symbolic modelling at work with clients.
The only limitation is that it is a book. Symbolic Modelling also pays attention to body language, "line of sight" (where people look as they think) and the way that words are said. And David Grove has developed a style of therapy that is equally rich in language and what goes with language. I hope audio and videotapes are the next project for Penny and James or that David will produce taped copies of his more recent work.
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This is a definitive book about the most important development in human psychology since Freud. Lawley and Tompkins have written an accessible, insightful account of a new way of working with verbal and nonverbal language that will not only appeal to the ordinary reader but to therapists, psychologists, educators, trainers, doctors, managers and consultants - indeed anyone interested in facilitating human change. Read this book and I guarantee you will never use language the same way again.
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The nature of the book turns me toward testimony rather than review, because the book is where a change began for me. I thought Metaphors in Mind had something to do with literary analysis, which is what I was looking for. I was thus a little disappointed when I first opened the book, but then I couldn't put it down (see . . . it's impossible to live outside metaphors). So compelling was its proposal, metaphor is reality, that for the first time in my more than fifty years, I sought a therapist who ascribed to its principles. By happy coincidence I was able to meet with James and Penny--two of the gentlest human beings I think I have ever met. What has changed is my relationship and response to the images I live with and have lived through, once I spoke what they were, and where they resided in me, and what it felt like living with them, and what needed to happen to dispell--those ghosts, bugaboos and, ah yes those very symbolic ties that bind and double bind ones consciousness. For an English teacher to obtain reality through the life that exists in words is an awesome and radical experience. Without the book though there wouldn't have been a beginning . . . or, so as not to try logic, there wouldn't have been such a beginning. Metaphors in Mind is clear, precise and orderly, a succinct presentation of theory and pratice, even for the lay reader. It's an extraordinary introduction, and perhaps a great beginning.
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The previous reviewers spoke of the value of this book for therapists and mental health professionals. However, Metaphors in Mind will also provide the interested layman with a fascinating view into the way people create their "realities." The explanations are clear and any special vocabulary is well defined. The annotated transcripts provide powerful examples of the way metaphors shape people's perceptions. I would highly recommend Metaphors in Mind to anyone interested in the intriguing landscape of the human mind.
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I consider myself pretty "cutting-edge" in terms of personal-growth technologies, and this was definitely something new! I highly recommend this to therapists, coaches or really anyone who wants to effectively navigate and help others (or yourself) heal and develop their minds.

I fear that some may be turned off by the long sub-title, but really this is about how to understand and use metaphors (and metaphorical language) in a powerfully healing way. I have a lot of background in NLP and therapy and I don't know if others will find it as accessible without this. Once you learn "clean language" (a form of asking questions and eliciting information that does not "contaminate" the answers with your own assumptions, metaphors, etc.) you will wonder how you (or any therapist) gets by without it!

I just wish these people lived closer, so I could more easily study with them (and experience being on the receiving end - other than in self-guided sessions!).
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Very neat read...especially for all those interested in the process of change / reality perception...and all those studying NLP.

This book clarifies how we code our reality, if you will. A good companion to NLP books on Modeling.

A basic understanding of NLP is suggested prior to reading Metaphors in Mind, yet it keeps a pretty simple tone and clarifying language to go deep into the subject. When I read this, I new I had outgrown my therapist.

All those studying or working as therapists / counselors can also draw a lot of useful info from this book.
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