- Hardcover: 226 pages
- Publisher: Holt; 1st edition (1960)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006AWGJM
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,042,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plans and the structure of behavior Hardcover – 1960
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This book argues that our behavior is guided by our plans. People move from sub-goal to sub-goal until their purposes are achieved. A basic concept to explain that is the feedback loop which comes from engineering and is know as the TOTE model inside the NLP community. When NLPers try to model a person's strategy (e.g. for taking a decision), they are in fact looking for the basic building blocks of the TOTE. This books contains a chapter on "Plans for Speaking", showing the link between Miller and Chomsky, another father of modern cogintive science (and NLP).
Of course, if you just want to grasp the basic concept, there is no need to read this book given that many books that are linked to practical applications of cogitive science (such as NLP) will include the model. For instance, the first part of the third chapter of my book "7 Steps on Emotional Intelligence" is built around on the TOTE model.
I consider this book a "must" for any scolar of cognitive science in general and of NLP in particular that wants some background on their domain.
Patrick E.C. Merlevede, MSc -- co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"