Words and Realities – Part 2 – Clean Therapy & Free e-book

The way we can deliberetely use words to communicate both meaning and experience is one of the underlying principles of really effective communication.

IntegrityNLP and Communicating Excellence place specific emphasis on both the semantic ( meaning ) and syntactic ( structure ) of words on our Newcastle upon Tyne Clinical Hypnotherapy and Newcastle upon Tyne Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy trainings and our NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses here in Newcastle and the North East of England.

One of the things that resonated with most while attending my 1st NLP Practitioner was something called ‘Clean Language’. This is what was modelled from therapist David Groves by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley. I was introduced to this by Caitlin Walker. Penny and James book Metaphors in Mind is well worth purchasing.

Free e-book on Metaphor at the bottom of this post

What blew me away back then was the way my ‘tacit’ experience of the world was elicited in what was described back then as a clean way.

Since then I have studies with the originators of NLP, one in particular that educated me in what content free, clean therapy can actually be.

This is quite simple and has been explicated in many ways and forms. One especially good book ( 1980’s ) which deals with the metaphorical nature of language is by Lakoff and Johnson is Metaphors We Live By. Which makes a compelling argument for the embodied nature of our language. This is strongly linked to simple physics of the natural world.

I watched Charles Faulkner, NLP pioneer at the recent NLP Conference in London. And he was espousing this ‘new’ technology that is at the forefront of cognitive linguistics and his 3rd generation NLP. Now this was not new to me at all, though admittedly it does sound very impressive if you have never heard of this embodiment before.

Now, what you must bear in mind ALL of the time is all NLP, Math, Physics is models. It is not reality. One model I have knowledge of comes direct from my interpretations of Lakoff and Johnsons book, which sites that our internal world is made of Objecs, Containers and Substance ( stuff ).

Charles, did mention the first two objects and containers BUT, didnt mention the substance.

When I asked about this apparent omission, he seemed to lose all aspects of rapport and in front of a large group offer a very curt, no, rude response. Was this the big C being flummoxed? Of course not. He categorically said that there was no substance in the current thinking. I think he forgot he was just talking about a model! Anyway James Lawley, intervened at that time ( thanks!) and approached the big C, who was gracious enough to come over me and actually say next to nothing.

What is particularly interesting is that one of the many books on the big C’s reading list is ‘The Stuff of Thought‘ by Steven Pinker. I have recently purchased this and it is incredible reading – of course it is only a model, but the curious thing is that Pinker actually includes the ‘substance’ ‘stuff’ argument.

Anyway, here is my short e-book detailing some of the aspects of the ideas presented by Lakoff and Johnson.

You see, even if ( and it is an if ) one model is out of date, the concepts and ideas contained within and as parts of it can very likely be the building blocks out of which new understanding spring.

nigel hetherington

Communicating Excellence
Excellence in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Clinical Hypnotherapy

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