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The Structure of Magic, Vol. 1: A Book About Language and Therapy Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0831400446 ISBN-10: 0831400447 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Science and Behavior Books; 1st edition (January 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0831400447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0831400446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yet I have read this book again and again.
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The Structure of Magic can help you understand communication, therapy and the bigger picture.
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Very detailed with explicit examples and great NLP book.
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147 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Riggio on April 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Structure of Magic is an apt title for this book. It is in fact about the magic that occurs when extraordinarily gifted therapists interact with clients. It's a bit hard to read and dense otherwise I'd give it a 10. Using unique and powerful frames of communication these individuals are able to create transformational change within their clients worldview. Bandler and Grinder unpack the elements and structure of these frames of communication using sophisticated and sometimes profound linguist tools. They treat the communication as an algorithm of both the verbal and non-verbal components that form the cognitive structure of the worldview which is in place and from which the communication flows. Then they reveal how the 'magicians' of therapy they've modeled design and implement transformational interventions. The premise they offer and support is that in the very structure of the language used, the entirety of the worldview is present - as well as the keys to creating rapid and lasting transformational change. They present an entire heuristic model of language using this structure to design and implement change of this magnitude as well. In the process of doing this they also reveal some keys to self-examination that serve to expose the worldview the reader is operating from when the reader applies them targeting themselves as the subject. Overall the foundation material that led to the development of NLPtm is present in this book and its sister volume Structure of Magic II. With this material, that forms what the authors call the Meta-Model(tm), and the material in Patterns of Milton H. Erickson Vols. I & II, the basis of conversational hypnosis, the authors define NLPtm as a distinct and operational technology of its own.Read more ›
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118 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Marc Demarest on May 23, 2001
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The Structure of Magic, along with Noam Chomsky's work on Language (Knowledge of Language, Language and Thought, Language and Mind) are the bedrock documents of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a rhetorical/psychological/spiritual discipline much misunderstood and much mis-appropriated by various well-meaning folks and charlatans alike, the most famous of whom is Anthony Robbins.
If you're serious about understanding where NLP comes from, begin with this book and with Chomsky. Since Structure of Magic relies on an understanding of transformational grammar, it may be necessary to read Chomsky (and a good textbook on transgrammar) first.
Additionally, you may find it valuable to have a general psycholinguistics text handy, and to have at least a passing understanding of psychoanalytic/psychological therapeutic technique (since Structure of Magic looks at the practices of particularly highly-performant psychologists/analysts).
Once you're mastered this material, you'll discover that most of the other texts on NLP either miss key aspects of the discipline, or appropriate NLP's vocabulary and models for peculiar and sometimes suspect ends.
A hard read, in the final analysis, but well worth it.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
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Fascinating book about strucutre of language, how people represent their external world within their mind, how their speech reflects their representation of the world, and how therapists can use the speech patterns to help people improve their lives.
It's a neurolinguistic programming book, based on the work of some very gifted psychotherapists and hypnotists.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Padgett on June 25, 2000
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THE first NLP book that specifically introduces the Meta-Model. A fairly easy book to read on some basic questioning techniques to get to someone's deep structure (someone's true linguistic representation of the world). Fairly easy to read except the appendix on transformal grammar. Use these patterns carefully for they can be rather direct. A must for the beginning NLP student.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1997
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This is the first "NLP" book, and is a look at the language used by some great psychotherapists (Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls). The book is structured around various linguistic structures and its theoretical basis comes from Noam Chomsky's Transformational Grammar. Because of this the book can be somewhat difficult to read -- as each linguistic structure is presented, the authors give examples of its use and drills for practice in recognizing them.
The book is a must read for anyone who practices psychotherapy, and is useful for anyone involved in communicating with other people (uh, yes, that does mean everyone). It's a great tool for improving the way one thinks, by giving a person the ability to recognize "deficient" uses of everyday language, and when to search for "missing" information in what people say.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Watson VINE VOICE on June 5, 2008
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This is a textbook about linguistics. It is not a guide on how to get women in bed, it's not really about NLP, it's about how to use language. Saying that, don't expect any of Bandler's trademark storytelling or the classic seminar style you see in most of his other work.

I am tempted to think that this guide is a little more frilly and fluffy than it appears at first. After all, there is a great deal of lead-up and preparation to the one "useful" chapter in the book, the one in which he describes the exact techniques, as well as a little bit of poorly executed case-study following after, with a dialog which seems a bit too unbelievable for me. Charts and diagrams can be found all over the place, adding to this unusual presentation of a topic which should be fairly easy to explain.

As it turns out, however, the majority of it probably is necessary. When reading this, keep in mind Bandler's history to that point: he's not a psycologist or a linguist; the man spent years studying engineering, mathematics, and computer programming. This is how he represents the world, and if you spend enough time looking at it, it does make sense that way.

If you've got a very logical mind, this book will be a tremendous help to you in learning how language works, and what we can do with a simple question or two. If not, you'll probably find it to be dull and overly simplistic, probably to a fault, and you should look elsewhere to learn about these linguistic tricks.

This is a good skill for theraptists to have, but using it too much will do nothing but make people angry at you. If you practice it, you'll find that out quite quickly.
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