NLP principles in practices

Lisa Wake: ‘For NLP to experience the renaissance suggested by Tosey and Mathison, it needs to apply itself to the principle of modelling excellence and develop in a way that meets the societal and systemic needs and expectations of the 21st Century.’ (NLP Principles in Practice, pg. 196)

Another great read in your collection. With a very clear, precise, engaging and easy to read volume, Lisa Wake invites us to follow her thinking with a nice introduction presenting the book and the three famous therapists, Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls and Milton Erickson. She then highlights the history and the map of NLP before moving to the NLP communication model, backing up the information with research data. Then reviewing the presuppositions of NLP, the author leads us onto a nice explanation of the notion ’cause versus effect’ as well as ‘perception is projection.’ Chapter three moves onto goal setting and outcomes, and chapter four onto understanding others. The following describes NLP as a ‘tool of change’ before concluding with chapter 12 on ‘NLP: Principles in Practice.’ This is probably my favourite chapter, starting from the various application of NLP, Lisa Wake widens the subject to the possible future of NLP (see the quote above), an interesting starting point for an ongoing conversation.

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