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Mind-lines: Lines For Changing Minds [Paperback]

L. Michael Hall , Bobby G. Bodenhamer
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July 31, 2002 1890001155 978-1890001155 5
This book will teach you how to recognize and use the magic of language. Mind-Lines reworks Sleight-of-Mouth patterns using the logical level system of Meta-States. In doing so the authors bring order, understanding, and magic to the use of language in influencing, persuading, selling, negotiating, and many other human interactions.

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Neuro-Semantic Publications; 5 edition (July 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890001155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890001155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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168 of 170 people found the following review helpful
i am surprised there aren't heaps of other reviews for this book as it truly is excellent.

The book is packed with information so you may want to take your time and read it in bits. This conversational reframing is much more effective, for me at least, than the normal NLP exercises I have tried in the past. Things like the swish pattern, autobiography, ideal self were good visualisation exercises but I found that even with daily repetition I wasn't really achieving what I wanted with them. They helped to a small degree but ultimately, were not successful. Which was disappointing considering I had heard such rave reviews about those techniques which would almost lead one to believe that the swish pattern is a silver bullet cure all, with authors claiming to have stopped a smoker from touching a cigarette ever again with one swish pattern.

Conversational reframing, which the book is entirely about, was MUCH more effective for me because it really seems like you are reprogramming your brain and the way you think. Whereas, normal NLP is more about visualising and adjusting submodalities, etc conversational reframing is like holding a political debate in your head to beat limiting beliefs.

I think the authors assume that the reader will do the mind lines (ie exercises) with another person but I have found it to be quite effective doing it on my own. There are 26 types of mind lines and i write out a variety of questions for each then go through the lot (usually 5-6 A4 pages worth) and reframe myself.

It is really helping me change some limiting beliefs i have, but this something you must do repeatedly to get the full effects.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing stuff April 11, 2005
By Fred
The quality of your life is a reflection of the beliefs you have running around in your brain.

Mind Lines is the best book I have read that describes the magic of NLP and the profound impact reframing limiting beliefs can have on one's life.

Limiting beliefs are toxic ideas that hold us back from being who we truly are. They distort a person's map of reality one uses to navigate through life. Brains make meanings and associations very quickly at an unconscious level. Once the belief has been formed it drops into your unconscious and runs your life. Some beliefs are good, others can derail your life.

Because of the powerfully pervasive nature of beliefs, we need to step in and 'undo' beliefs that don't serve us well.

I read this book at a stressful time in my life. I had just had a relationship fail on me that was important to me, my life wasn't going anywhere except where it was programmed to go - nowhere.

Mind Lines helped me pull apart the limiting beliefs quickly and easily. No visulisation exercises, no repeating of affirmations for weeks (although there's nothing wrong with those exercises). Some of the reframe shifts are so freeing that I began to reassess my entire life in light of the new way of looking at things I had gained.

I'm not fantasticlally rich or married to a supermodel (yet!) but I sure do feel like I have more control over my life.

The short synopsis: get this book!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Frame those limiting beliefs February 25, 2007
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I have come away from this book with a profoundly different perspective on life. We are all meaning making machines. Most of us are not aware of all the meanings that we are creating and this book gets into the nitty-gritty of it with great detail. I found the author's formula of a Meaning; "External Behavior = Internal State" or "External Behavior causes Internal State" to be utterly mind blowing. For those reading who have no idea what this is, here is an example. We see or hear something (this is the External Behavior) and we make that external behavior equal or lead to some idea or feeling (the Internal State). "Your being late makes me sick" is a meaning where "Your being late" is External Behavior and " makes me sick" is Internal State. The premise of this book is that when we create meanings for ourselves, they create the frame of reference for how we see the world. Those who experience a lot of pain growing up create meanings (or frames) that have them see the world as a scary place even if there is no danger in the moment, while those who experience mostly joy growing up create meanings (or frames) that have them see the world as a safe place. How we frame the external events creates our experience of those events. This book is about examining the meanings you have created (your frames) and re-working the ones that do not serve you. This can be a lot of work as I found myself often having to re-read pages over and over to see where it applies in my life and how I can use this. But doing the work provides a BIG payoff of feeling lighter and more in control of your experience and the experience of others.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NLP should not be about wading through mud for hours September 14, 2010
Opaque and unnecessarily overcomplex. There are much better books out there on Sleight of Mouth - by David Gordon or Robert Dilts for example.
NLP is a complex enough field without authors trying to intellectualise it. Some NLP coaches, such as Jamie Smart and Michael Breen, can explain NLP in a way that clarifies and stimulates. These authors makes things turgid,opaque and hard work.

Consider these sentences from Overdurf/Silverthorn's excellent book on Eriksonian hypnosis Training Trances:'A reframe is a different point of view which, in its best therapeutic application, expands possibilies. The central feature in the construction of reframe is the seperation of behaviour from intention. All meaning is context dependent. Therefore the only way to evaluate anything, be it an idea or concept, a word or series of words, a sensation or feeling, is to consider the context in which it occurs. What may work in one context may not work in another'. Well written short and sweet, then they introduce exercises that put reframing into practice. QED. Hall and Bodheimer take 40 pages to say the same thing, and its not anywhere near as clear. Everyone else calls this book's subjectmatter 'Sleight of Mouth', after Robert Dilts analysis of early Bandler seminars. But not B&H - they have to call it something else.

I notice the previous owner of this book (I bought it second hand) only made it to 85 pages. The underlines and page notes stop abruptly. I'm enormously tempted to do the same. I love NLP, but this book is enough to turn off all but the most determined. There IS some quality information here, but its buried under verbiage.

Caveat Emptor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
One of the thought provoking books of all time. Must read book to get a better prospective on you. Ty.
Published 4 months ago by sikandar khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This was an outstanding book. The only real fault I see is that it was never made for audio...who has the time to sit and read these kinds of books anymore. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phoenix14830
1.0 out of 5 stars Sleight of mouth is simpler, more effective, and faster
For those of you who don't know about mr. halls work, let me fill you in on how he works.

Michael Hall takes any concept and proceeds to rename it then to Big chunk it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr. Mancilla
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the Dilts book instead
Mind-Lines gives Sleight of Mouth patterns the Hall & Bodenhamer treatment.

Sleight of Mouth patterns are a collection of techniques for a) identifying beliefs behind... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Seth in SF
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael's best most important and one of his best first works... READ...
I would recommend this book over the BIBLE! And perhaps the Dao de CHING! :o)

Read this book and WAKE UP! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ned Goudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
If you want to change your life, you must own this book. I think all Michael Hall's books are amazing because he explains meta-states clearly. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mauro Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Conversation for Your Mind
This is a bonafide 5 Star book. Period!! In this book, the 26 refraiming technics will help you understand that everything is interpreted by using words as the frame for the final... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Captain Gh
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleight of mouth patterns made simple.
This is the best information available on sleight of mouth patterns. You can send your communication in 7 different directions of the mind, and work with the cube of meaning. Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for good purpose./
This is a well respected book for those interested in clinically restructuring obsolete belief systems. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide to Improving Advanced Communication Skills
I got this book after hearing about it several times on different programs by David DeAngelo, and hearing about it from people also interested in communication. Read more
Published on August 24, 2010 by The Second Prophet
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