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Using Your Brain--For a Change: Neuro-Linguistic Programming Paperback – May, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0911226270 ISBN-10: 0911226273

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  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Real People Press (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911226273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911226270
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a powerful, fundamental NLP tool book.
Susan Ann Jamieson
If you are looking for a way to change your life by getting rid of the "mental baggage" than this book is for you.
Bonnie Rudzinski
All and all, it's an easy to read book, and it can satisfy the newbie.
Shlomo Vaknin

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Karl on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Starting with the deliberately ambiguous title, what you get in this book is pure Bandler. Not surprising, really, since the text is an edited version of several seminars Bandler conducted in 1982.

It seems to me that you can treat the book as an educational exercise, or as an interactive experience. Indeed, the editing is so effective that I could imagine myself strolling through town letting Bandler show me the world through his eyes, listen to it with his ears, and so on. And a mightily enjoyable experience it was.

At the surface level the book covers topics such as submodalities, learning, the "swish" pattern, etc. - keeping in mind how much of our experience is objective, and how much is subjective. Better yet, having pointed out that the majority of our experience subjective - it goes on to explain how we can radically change our lives for the better by "reprogramming" the bits we don't like.

Personally I found this to be an excellent book on the subject, with plenty of amusing and relevant cartoons by Gustav Russ Youngreen, and practical exercises and demonstrations throughout.

With regard to the difficulties mentioned by other reviewers, I would say that there are plenty of guys doing what Abby describes who wouldn't know NLP from a hole in the ground.
It is also worth pointing out that NLP is, after all, just another tool. And like any other tool, *some* people are bound to misuse it.

As for whether you can become proficient in NLP just by attending one or two trainings and reading some books, I agree - you can't.
And if you tell yourself that you don't understand, then you won't (that, too, is "reprogramming"!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
My title may seem a bit surprising consdering the fact that NLP is all about tapping into your subconscious mind; however, Bandler hits home (and hits a home run) in not only stating various truths about how we think on a day-to-day basis, but in also providing the technology to "train your brain" to provide the results and the life you desire.
At the time of this review, I haven't worked on the recommended practices enough to qualify them (or to qualify myself, yet, for that matter), but I can say that I am extremely optimistic!!!
I have read numerous (again: numerous) self-help books that deal primarily/only with our conscious level of thinking, and having read Bandler, I now firmly believe that most (not all - most) self-help books that address the conscious level are worth next to nothing until one has addressed their subconscious. I was told, only today - by an NLP practitioner I have been seeing - that Bandler was once quoted as saying that "the conscious mind is the office boy; the subconscious is the CEO."
Bottom line? Buy it, highlight it to the max, and keep it handy as a reference guide. Most importantly (as I plan to do) - apply the matierial within! Good luck.......
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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Riggio on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Let's start off with the disclaimer: I am a fan of Richard Bandler and his professional work. This is not an "objective" review. I do and train others to do NLP professionally. Richard in addition to being one of the creative geniuses behind the development of the technology does what works. This book is the movement forward for Richard (in publication) that steps away from "old" NLP to "new" NLP in terms of the utilization of submodalities. This was a massive jump for Richard in terms of his thinking about and practice of NLP (IMHO). NLP was and remains organized around how people make the distinctions that create their subjective experience ... or reality as they know it to be. The first movement was the realization of the impact and power of representational systems (the five senses - visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory). The first wave of books by Richard and John (Grinder) are about how to access and utilize this information to model subjective experience and instigate change. Internal representations (V-A-K-O/G) were the critical component of "old" NLP for generating behavioral response and change. "New" NLP suggests that the critical components are the submodalities (smaller more precise elements of internal representation within the larger V-A-K-O/G distinctions). As is typical this book is in the form of edited transcripts taken from live training. The best way in is to read it as though it were occurring in real time - straight through letting it unfold and emerge for you as you go. What you'll find will be a series of descriptions and techniques for eliciting, recognizing and utilizing submodalities.Read more ›
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Richard Bandler, known for his development of Neuro Lingustic Programming with fellow partner John Grinder, has stepped alone to write this wonderfully self theraputic style book, from his uses and experiences in NLP and hypnosis training from master Milton Erickson. There is nothing your brain cannot accomplish, and Bandler provides the steps to take you to levels of brain development that you have not begun to think about...yet. In Using Your Barin for a Change, you are now in control of what you think, and how you think of life, concentrating all of your past miseries into one moment and then having it disappear to refocus your energy into the moment which we call the 'now'. A powerful book for anyone looking to change the way they see reality
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