Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming Paperback – 1 Nov 1981
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Frogs into Princes - NLP
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The chapters each represent a day’s training on one major topic (main techniques covered in brackets): Sensory Experience (Up time), Changing Personal History (Anchoring) and Finding New Ways (unconscious signalling and 6 Step Reframing). Also, contained in the text are possibly some of the earliest references to the V/K Dissociation, basic Metaprograms, Strategies, and Timelines, as well as Logical Levels, i.e. what to do (behaviour), how to do (strategies) and why it is done that way (values).
It is said of Bandler he demonstrated what he talked about while he described it and therefore some of his mesmeric panache and witticisms do get lost in the written transcrption; whereas Grinder’s academic precision and word-smithery correlates quite well to the event. Either way this book reads like a classic 40 years on, especially the first chapter on the importance of developing sensory acuity. This is the closest thing to a credo I have found in NLP describing the significance of developing ‘objective subjectivity’ in becoming aware of systematic experience as a key factor for driving therapeutic change. By distinguishing NLP’s methodology from the therapy profession - one of Bandler’s many rallying calls, and often hilariously prescribed - this chapter alone would be an excellent place to explore the subject’s datum point.
When Bandler and Grinder decided to go their separate ways (1978) transcripts from the early workshops seem to have been the only vehicle left for seminal transmission. However from my reading of FiP it contains the most ground-breaking applications, techniques and influences out of their previous works, because it was not wholly conceived and modelled on the work of Satir, Perls, Erickson and Chomsky. As Grinder points out in ‘Whispering in The Wind’ (2001) the discovery of the rep systems model and eye accessing patterns are solely attributable to the co-originators. Thus, ever more so FiP has become an historically documented account of the early roadshow format which would have exposed new acolytes to the latest developments, and therefore it surely ranks equal to Magic 1/2 and Patterns 1/2 as being produced in an extraordinarily short flowering period - just like Lennon and McCartney.