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Frogs into Princes: Introduction to Neurolinguistic Programming Paperback – 1 Jun 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Grove Editions; Revised edition edition (Jun. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187084503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870845038
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work covers Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a model of human experience and communication. Using the principles of NLP, the book asserts that it is possible to describe any human activity in a detailed way that allows the reader to make many changes quickly and easily. It claims that using the techniques of NLP one can learn to: cure phobias and other unpleasant feeling responses; help children and adults with "learning disabilities" overcome these limitations; eliminate unwanted habits, eg. smoking, drinking, over-eating and insomnia; and make changes in the interactions of couples, families and organizations so that they function in ways that are more satisfying and productive.


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Written back in 1979 when the co-founders of NLP were still talking to each other, this is essentially a transcript of a seminar on sensory acuity, anchoring and reframing - a format that some people don't like, though I find it very readable and compelling. Some of the techniques that are presented may now have been superseded by more elegant ones, but the attitude of NLP comes through loud and clear. I can't think of a better introduction to NLP.
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By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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Frogs into Princes is the first major work on NLP, written by the founders. Many books copy this one (including others by the same authors!) It is a transcript from one of their earlier seminars on the subject and is thus challenging to read at first. Read this with care, again and again and you will be amazed at how some of these things actually work. But be prepared to interact with this piece to get the most out of it. If you are starting to learn this concept- hear it from the horse's mouth don't get the other books- start here.
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The basics of NLP are covered very well in this book. What I found particularly interesting were the approaches to visual and other cues in establishing rapport and understanding responses from clients. Also the methods for dealing with phobias and 'reframing' to handle well-established but inappropriate habits and behaviours.
There are many good pointers for intending therapists (or those about to put the points into practice). The key one must be that there are no 'difficult clients' and the glaringly obvious observation about changing an approach if it does not work. So obvious few therapists do it.
Being in seminar notes format, there is some distraction to the reader in trying to tease out the main points being made, so be prepared to spend time in itemising steps and going back and forward in the text to get the meaning.
There are three main chapters in the book, which is a bit on the long side to keep the reader's attention. The fact that there is no index and little in the way of contents (due to the fact this is a seminar) makes for some difficulty in cross-referencing or 'diving in' to read something of major interest. If you want to return to a specific topic it's best to annotate the book or make your own index up!
By contrast the more complex 'NLP Workbook' by Joseph O'Connor (Harper Collins) costs £1 more but is far and away better in terms of practical understanding and includes exercises. This book is carefully written and has an excellent contents section and a full index.
I would say to buy 'Frogs into Princes' if you want the fundamental NLP straight from the original authors. Much of it is conveyed by the comments and asides in the lectures, but be advised that a seminar is not the same thing as reading a book.
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For what it is this book is a 10, and it's a hoot to read as well! Even though it's now over 20 years old this is the first (and best-IMHO) book introducing the still cutting edge technology of human communication and cognition - Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP™). As far fetched a claim as it may seem, this is surely a seminal book in the field of human communication, linguistics, perception, cognition and psychology. The impact of NLP™ is present in all of these fields, often with more than a little kicking and yelling. After reading the book you're sure to understand why - Bandler and Grinder hold very little about traditional approaches and academic thinking as sacred. Although it's actually about a shift in the paradigm of how change can and does occur, it sometimes reads more like an exploration into the world of Svengali like magic and illusion. The material is presented in the form of a transcript of a live training superbly edited by Steve Andreas. The book is an example of 'doing' NLP™ as opposed to 'describing' it. It puts you in the training as Richard and John present it. As the editor of the book states in the forward, keep your mind open as you read because the authors are more often then not doing what they're describing. You'll want to read it with your eyes open - sometimes more easily said then done, since what the authors are doing is often presented in hypnotically engaging language. I've talked to more than one person who kept finding themselves waking up a few hours after having read through a few pages in this book. It is best to read this book as you would a novel, continuing through to the end, rather than trying to figure out or understand an individual section before moving on. The material is written is such a way as to resolve itself as you read.Read more ›
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The main strength of this book for me was that it validated the other information that I had gained from other books about NLP. On its own, and as a first book about the subject, I would not recommend it. What it does do however, is to make the reader aware of the power of NLP, and the fact that it is used widely by therapists and others in this field. For me, it made me think "wow, so maybe this (NLP) is the 'big deal' that people are claiming" If you are looking for a first book on the subject, read 'NLP, the new technology of achievement' by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner.
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