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Tedious to follow despite not going into any concept in depth
on 23 September 2013
I have had little previous exposure to NLP so, as mentioned in the book's introduction, this should have been a good start for me. However, I felt the book's qualities did not outweigh its flaws.
From a content's perspective I would have expected much more developed explanations and examples, and a better reasoning behind many of the ideas. The fact this was an introductory book did not mean it had to be shallow. Unfortunately, that was the impression I got due to poorly chosen examples and a lack of clarifications.
As mentioned by another reviewer, contents in many sections are organized in bulleted lists. While I thought such a structured approach would be useful for the instructional nature of the book, the fact the author many times just listed possible applications of each technique without explaining how to put them into practice in such scenarios rendered those lists useless.
In last place, the author repeatedly referred to different sections of the book (i.e. as you will remember from chapter X..., ...as we will see later in this chapter, ...which will be covered in chapters Y and Z), which made the explanations tedious to follow. Considering the book didn't go into any concept in depth at any time, the author could have directly mentioned whatever he thought was relevant most of the times.
Please don't get me wrong, there were good ideas here and there (i.e. the 'map' is not the 'territory'; when calibrating, compare a person to herself, not to other people; ask yourself whether the goals you set increase your options and choices; the language people use helps use understand how they represent whatever they perceive; when asking probing questions think about the purpose first; and so forth), and interesting exercises as well; however, I had this constant feeling the narrative wasn't flowing as I would have expected for a self-help book.
In my opinion, getting rid of the unnecessary cross-references, meaningless bulleted lists and some repetitions would get you a practical NLP pocket reference book. And, in addition to this, including sound explanations and detailed real-life examples would get you a proper introductory book to NLP. The way it is now, I would recommend you to look for a different book to get introduced to NLP (and, if it wasn't asking too much, tell me which one you chose and whether it was any good).