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Basic and Concise Introduction,
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This review is from: Introducing NLP: Psychological Skills for Understanding and Influencing People (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) (Paperback)This was a clearly written introduction to the topics, which NLP covers. It has very basic and concise description of each topic, for example Rapport was described in two pages.Fairly short amount of detail given to each topic. So I would highly recommend this book for a beginner who has no idea what NLP is and wants to find out more. The back of the book consists of other NLP resources and books that one can look for to further their knowledge and improve the skills. I will give an overview on what information is included in each chapter. So it is easier to decide whether not not to get the product and what the product is about, including my own experience with the book.
The first chapter gives a fair introduction on what exactly NLP is the development of NLP in the 1970s. This is a very brief introduction, although the main points are covered. The extent of the information is not meticulous but rather broad. The the discussion continues with Maps and Filters and the Basic behavioral frames such as orientation toward, how rather than why, feedback versus failure, and considering the possibilities rather then necessities. The authors also talk about learning and they briefly overview the stages that go from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence. Then the discussion of outcomes, rapport, communication and pacing and leading are discussed.
Now the impressions of the first chapter is that it is very similar to the book the "Secret" in a sense that while practicing NLP you need to concentrate on what you want and to frame your thoughts in the positive rather then the negative. Another concern, was that one reviewer said that NLP is pseudoscience, which is not true the authors throughout use sources of scientific studies to back their claims. NLP is used by competent people especially who are successful in business, I apply a lot of the techniques to my life and it works, that is why I highly recommend this book.
Chapter two deals with perceptions and how a different view of perception shapes us. The authors further elaborate on the use of language and representational systems. Chapter three introduces anchors and the use of anchors to solve issues, creating anchors and collapsing them. Again this is quite brief it is not an in depth analysis.
Chapter four mainly deals with Robert Dilt's unified field of NLP, which is applied to problem solving and changing behavior. Chapter five is on words and the meaning that we give them. Surface and Deep structure is contrasted. And the elements of the Meta Model are introduced.
Chapter six deals with time the difference between uptime (when we tune senses to the outer world) and downtime(when we go into ourselves such as visualizing and fantasizing). Time lines are covered with the emphasis of in time and through time time lines. Chapter seven is about finding balance through congruence, which gives us strength and personal power. Identifying when we are in congruence and we are not is offered. Criteria and values are introduced. Chapter eight is about psychotherapy it explains the phobia cure, swish pattern, internal conflict resolution and the like. And chapter nine is dedicated to modeling.