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THE POWER OF SIX A Six Part Guide to Self Knowledge [Paperback]

Philip Harland
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30 Sep 2009
POPULAR PSYCHOLOGY "A fascinating, brilliant book on an extremely important subject," as one reviewer has said. Philip Harland is uniquely placed to write it, having worked for an extended period with the originator of the approach, the innovative and highly regarded therapist, the late David Grove, creator of Clean Language and Therapeutic Metaphor. What is EMERGENT KNOWLEDGE, what are the POWERS OF SIX, and what role do they play in therapy, counseling, coaching, and self-development? In this account by a leading authority in the field, you will learn a great deal that is new about the psychology and the step-by-step practicality of change. When conventional commonsense or intelligence fail us, the Power of Six is a means of tapping into the reservoirs of our own wisdom. More information at www.powersofsix.com

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Wayfinder Press (30 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956160700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956160706
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Harland is a psychotherapist who worked closely with the originator of Clean Language and the Power of Six, the innovative therapist David Grove, until Grove's death in 2008. They ran seminars and co-facilitated clients together in the UK, France, and New Zealand. Philip is the author of 'Trust Me, I'm The Patient: Clean Language, Metaphor, and the New Psychology of Change' (Wayfinder 2012) and many articles on Clean Language, Emergent Knowledge, Therapeutic Metaphor, addiction, emotion, and cognition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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How many times do we 1) proclaim/shout about what we're not happy about, 2) explain it over and over (whether or not there's anyone to listen to us)and then .. just to reinforce it in our neurology (or neurosis) further ... 3) justify it to ourselves, only to eventually give up, with our issue unresolved. Having only 'put our world to rights' - are we any better for it? Mmm ... not sure that we are.

The book describes a process which moves us beyond these three stages and adds three more. After a round or two of the six stages, something magical emerges in our thinking and perceptions. I've read this wonderful book twice now, and often refer back to it; and each time, I get fresh insights.

The Power of Six is a highly enjoyable read; rich with insight and out of the box thinking. The techniques and approaches are straightforward, whilst mind-changing! I've found them amazingly effective in my adult client coaching - and more recently also with infant and junior school children.

Thank you Philip (and David). I just love it!
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By BrianB
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I started off thinking it was simple, repetitive and later on thought it was deep and eye opening. It basically suggests the facilitator asks "What (else) do you know?" six times. Simple to say, but it's worth reading about how this is a repetitive, layered journey where new knowledge is encouraged, oftern of a different category that what came before. It can lead a client from tip of the tongue thoughts, to considered thoughts, to adamant defensiveness, to confusion and through to considerations and new knowledge. That's six steps, not what everybody always go through, but some sort of flavour of the journeys that might be available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What do I know about this book? 27 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
What do I know about this book?

It comprehensively describes many of David Grove's last innovations related to Emergent Knowledge.

And what else do I know?
It is clearly laid out with precise instructions.

And what else do I know?
You can start using the techniques straight away.

And what else?
If you are skeptical, you'll be amazed how such simple processes can produce such novel results.

And what else?
The stories add a richness that bring the theory and practice to life.

And what else?
It is beautifully written

And now what do you know?
I highly recommend it.

Penny Tompkins,
co-author Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The work of David Grove is worthy of serious attention. Philip Harland is a valuable story-teller and travelling companion on a journey 'walking around/through/with" the latest ideas of David and his collaborators.
Harland's writing is clear, enagaging and accessible.I love his style and breadth of reading.By bringing the personal dimension as a subjective participant Harland adds warmth and 'humanity' that felt like you were travelling alongside,rather than behind.
Lyn Hoffman said Australian Aboriginal people (although it shoudl be noted David was part Maori,part Pakeha) went 'walkabout' to connect story-lines. In David's work I see this a metaphor for his journeys.Grove's latter 'walkabouts' with Philip and other collaborators provides a rich network of 'conversations',stories,and novel means to autogenic (if facilitated) healing/re-contextualising (dynamic) meanings.
I particularly appreciated Harland's writing about his own journey towards his embracing a "Grovian" approach to therapy,including his experience of Jungian and other therapy as a client.
As someone who knows many of the stories around working with David and his(unstoppable) ideas-generation it is a testament to Harland that the book has been completed,published and is coherant an clear.
Philips contribution to the work through this book is likely to be a source of reference and inspiration for years to come.I await further writings by Harland .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cutting edge self eliciting healing process. 18 Nov 2009
By R. McGavock - Published on Amazon.com
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'Power of Six' by Philip Harland is an excellent and very usable documentation of the latest work of the brilliant therapist from New Zealand David Grove. Sadly David passed away unexpectedly two years ago. He was well loved and admired by those having the privilege to really know him. He was truly a healer of many wounded lives. As Philip has written this book distills 30 plus years of psychotherapy theory and technique that was developed by David with the ultimate goal of creating processes that do not re-traumatize, and importantly, processes that elicit self healing responses. Before he passed David was working toward creating a website that could actually be utilized by people to interact with the'Power of Six' processes. All is not lost, author Philip Harland does a brilliant job of outlining these therapeutic processes with multiple examples and crystal clear explanation.

Just as many a genius in various disciplines can be challenging David was not the easiest to corral for a writing project. He knew this about himself and he carefully and wisely picked Philip as the man for the job. No dust ever settled on David. The whole world was literally his home and his theories and methods were constantly evolving. Philip kept pace and traveled around the globe with David observing and collobrating as a co-therapist to gather the many pieces of information and examples required for this book. Philip had grasped and understood the significance of David's work and has woven it all together in 'Power of Six'.

As therapists both my wife and I have employed the very 'Power of Six' techniques outlined in this book with amazingly positive results for people. This technique does not require any cleverness or great effort by the therapist which I find very refreshing. In fact great care was taken by David not to contaminate the client's experience with the therapist's perspective. This six step process is therefore straight forward and easy to learn. The beauty lies in the way it elicits healing responses directly from the client. It also demonstrates that they know much more than they thought they did about what was needed. This provides for a more complete and natural healing tailor-made by the individual.

Philip has added his own personal touch in his conveyance of this information which is the icing on the cake. His patience, kindness, intelligence, experience, and subtle humor make this work enjoyable to read. It is my sincere hope that this work, through 'Power of Six', will be like the bud that blooms into a flower that is so interesting and beautiful that many will take note and be drawn to examine it more closely. I believe that this work is that important to the advancement of theory and technique for modern therapy.

Well done Philip!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do I know about this book? 27 Sep 2009
By Penny Tompkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What do I know about this book?
It comprehensively describes many of David Grove's last innovations related to Emergent Knowledge.

And what else do I know?
It is clearly laid out with precise instructions.

And what else do I know?
You can start using the techniques straight away.

And what else?
If you are skeptical, you'll be amazed how such simple processes can produce such novel results.

And what else?
The stories add a richness that bring the theory and practice to life.

And what else?
It is beautifully written

And now what do you know?
I highly recommend it.

Penny Tompkins,
co-author Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling
5.0 out of 5 stars Using the ideas gained by reading this book 13 Jun 2013
By David Lemke - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reading portions of this book as time permits. It is clearly set up to use for coaching scenerios that a coach may run into. It provides examples and outlines procedures to help people who are looking to add some new awarenesses to their personal lives or are looking to add new coaching experiences for their clients to use that focus on what the client knows and not so much on what the coach may or may not know.
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