- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Real People Press (June 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 187084503X
- ISBN-13: 978-1870845038
- ASIN: 0911226192
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming
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NLP is an explicit and powerful model of human experience and communication. Using the principles of NLP it is possible to describe any human activity in a detailed way that allows you to make many deep and lasting changes quickly and easily. A few specific examples of things you can learn to accomplish are: (1) cure phobias and other unpleasant feeling responses in less than an hour, (2) help children and adults with "learning disabilities" (spelling and reading problems, etc.) overcome these limitations, often in less than an hour, (3) eliminate most unwanted habits - smoking, drinking, over-eating, insomnia, etc., in a few sessions, (4) make changes in the interactions of couples, families and organizations so that they function in ways that are more satisfying and productive, (5) cure many physical problems - not only most of those recognized as "psychosomatic" but also some that are not - in a few sessions. Actually, NLP can do much more than the kinds of remedial work mentioned above. The same principles can be used to study people who are unusually talented in any way, in order to determine the structure of that talent. That structure can then be quickly taught to others to give them the foundation for that same ability. This kind of intervention results in generative change, in which people learn to generate and create new talents and behaviors for themselves and others. A side effect of such generative change is that many of the problem behaviors that would otherwise have been targets for remedial change simply disappear. We are on the threshold of a quantum jump in human experience and capability.
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for entertainment, but to learn. This book could have been a quarter of it size, maybe even a pamphlet. Cant really sell pamphlets though... be warned
It's so well organized and presented, together with a detailed introduction, that you feel like you're a part of the live-audience. This leads to the paradoxical problem of reading the book too casually, similarly to passively watching a performance, as opposed to treating it as the actual manual of techniques and profound concepts that it really is (which are based on extensive research that began in 1973). The paradox is that that's exactly how the authors (Bandler and John Grinder) want you to read it - because you learn more, as they tell you, subconsciously - without attempting to consciously analyze or memorize the (otherwise overwhelming) new terminology and ideas. Ideally, you should re-read the whole book immediately after you're done with your initial reading, so you could finally completely understand the proper attitude and approach that the authors are trying to instill within you (yes, you must read it twice).
NLP is not a household name as such - whereas, its most famous teacher, for example, is: Tony Robbins, who was trained by co-founder Grinder [pronounced as in "grin", not "grind"]; it also is the scientific foundation of popular TV shows like "Lie to Me", which exemplify how to read subtle "eye accessing-cues" (and other body-language) found throughout Frogs Into Princes. As they write (on page 47): "Eye movements and body movements will give you information about process. The proper domain, in our opinion, of professional communicators is process. If you indulge in content, you are going to unavoidably impose part of your belief and value system on the people you communicate with. The kinds of problems that people have, usually have nothing to do with content; they have to do with structure, the form of how they organize their experience."
Bandler and Grinder say (on page 9): "Our job is to figure out what it is that effective therapists do intuitively or unconsciously, and to make up some rules that can be taught to someone else." They have done a phenomenal job of that over the years. In addition to educating you, they will also humor you - as in the following interspersed witticisms:
(page 9): "[Academics] are not interested in the real world, and having lived in it I can sometimes understand why."
(page 32): "You can't even spell 'phonetics' phonetically!"
(page 114): "...remembering to breathe; oxygen is essential for this whole process."
(page 166): "It's important for some people to have the illusion that their conscious mind controls their behavior. It's a particularly virulent form of insanity among college professors, psychiatrists, and lawyers."
Towards the end (page 190) of this pioneering 194-page book, they ask rhetorically "How can I make things really groovy?" - which is the above title of my review [that you've probably noticed at the subconscious level, right?] - after which they proceed to briefly discuss the limitless potential within NLP for "generative" change.
For those of you who might only want the latest, condensed, quick-and-easy, "self-help" version of NLP, I highly recommend Bandler's "Get the Life You Want" (2008). That one, you don't have to go over twice - and you could use it as a "pocket-guide", too. Frogs Into Princes - and especially, The Structure of Magic (vol. 1: 1975 & vol. 2: 1976) - is intended more for researchers or serious students of NLP.
The content mainly consists of lecture transcriptions taken from a seminar conducted by the authors in the late seventies, so keep in mind that there are parts wherein group exercises are described with feedback offered from both the authors and volunteer participants that may seem to bear little relevance to the reader. Nevertheless, the theories here presented are timeless.
That being said, I would not recommend this as the best book on the subject. Yes, it is a classic, and yes, it is an excellent introduction to the subject, but remember that this was written now decades ago and that both of the authors have made quantum developments in their studies since then. The prospective reader might be advised to look into more recent works by the authors and their students.
My discovery of the work of Bandler and Grinder was important to me for several reasons. First, it introduced me to the concept of modalities as presented by family therapist, Virginia Satir. Even more importantly, it led me to the work of Milton H. Erickson and his work concerning the amenability of the subconscious mind to suggestion. This laid the groundwork which would ultimately serve as my foundation to later spiritual practices.
As a point of interest, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bandler while working in a bookstore that he happened to be shopping in several years back. To this day, he was one of the most magnetic personalities I have ever encountered. His voice was raspy and he gave an odd handshake. I only had a moment to speak with him, so I had to make my question count. I mentioned how his theories bore resemblance to many of those postulated in the Western Esoteric Tradition, and asked if there was any conscious relationship between the two. In response, he leaned in and told me that he was in possession of what he imagined to be one of the largest occult libraries in North America. At that, I decided that his work had served its purpose in my life and I chose to devote myself completely to my esoteric practice instead.
Regardless, this is an excellent book that is well worthy of the attention of those who wish to play a more active role in their communications and to sit in the driver's seat of their lives.