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Poof! You're cured!
on April 1, 2009
This is the second book by Richard Bandler that I've read. The first one was, in a word, bizarre. This one has far less nonsensical babble about the underpinnings of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Bandler's money machine for the psst several decades.
Bsndler has had considerable success in peddling NLP to the pop-therapy community where anyone can set up shop as a life coach or counselor. NLP certification offers these people a veneer of "qualification".
Bandler got his start in the Hippie era claiming to have reduced the purported success of "therapists" like Fritz Perls(who coined the phrase "Gestalt therapy")to a matter of language. There has been much controversy about NLP over the years and most professional therapists generally reject it.
Bandler is strong believer in hypnotic suggestion. So was Émile Coué, he of "day by day, I am getting stronger in every way" fame.
In this book, Bandler serves up self-suggestion scripts for a variety of common psychological maladies, such as fear of heights and fear of flying.
Bandler holds that the qualities of your thoughts - submodalities in his language - determine how your thoughts affect you.
His formulae, whether for tobacco cessation, having an excellent job interview, changing your feelings about something or whatever, follow essentially the same formula: 1) think of the positive, 2) observe the "submodalities" of your thoughts, 3) project as positive outcome, 4) repeat as needed.
This same advice can be found in thousands of self-help books and it is just as sound here as it anywhere else. Bandler wraps it in his invented "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" theory which may give people an extra something to believe in, which might help them.
Consider that Bandler is a very modest man: of the 15 books on his recommended reading list, 13 are by him.
Overall, many people will find Bandler's approach to overcoming common psychological problems helpful. By and large, if you are receptive to self-help, you may find Bandler's approach useful.