- Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. E-mail after purchase. Conditions apply. Learn more
NLP Made Easy Paperback – 9 Sep 2011
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Customers also shopped for
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
‘Carol's book is a delight! Easily read and even easier to digest, it takes you through what NLP 'is' and how it 'works' and gives step-by-step instructions plus straightforward diagrams of NLP's frameworks, models and techniques and then spells out the benefits of using NLP.
A complex subject effortlessly demystified.’
BUSINESS ADVISER magazine
This is a straightforward introduction to NLP, teaching how the system can make you more effective in every area of your life. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is widely recognized as a powerful set of approaches and techniques that should enable users to maximize their potential. It focuses on the workings of the mind, the linguistic ways in which we express our experience of the world, and the personal programmes that govern our ways of being in the world. This book shows how NLP can work to improve the way you feel and act in your business, social, emotional, physical and spiritual life. It is split into six simple chapters: three explaining what NLP is, its history and its structure; and three that address the most direct applications of NLP - personal growth, social relationships and work and business. There is also an extensive section of appendices, giving advice to those who want to take their interest in NLP further.See all Product description
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first 50 pages are basically the history of nlp - with details of who attended what meetings - excuse a moment, yawn
Next we have a myriad of situations and examples that is vague and varied, not being detailed enough in any area to be considered a help - if you actually want to use nlp yourself.
As far as I Know, there are practical skills to be learnt using NLP, so I will be seeking them in another book, as should you.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Unfortunately, Harris has turned "a powerful technique for maximizing your potential" into a jargon-larded snooze-fest. Chapter One, "What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming," introduces a few key concepts and shows some promise. Chapter Two, dealing with the history of NLP, is a mire of names, dates, locations and associations that have no significance to the neophyte and contributes nothing to an understanding of the subject matter. The NLP hagiography could have been shunted into an appendix, and the recitals of who was married to whom and for how long could not possibly interest anyone but an insider. Things brighten up again in the third chapter, where "frameworks," "models" and "techniques" are introduced and distinguished. While merely definitional, this discussion at least hints at something more substantial to come. Alas, the remainder of the text, while purporting to describe applications of NLP in the areas of personal growth, social relationships and business situations, is really a parade of more jargon, excruciatingly banal illustrations, and - I hate to say it - poor writing.
Here are some examples: In the chapter on personal development, we read about Jenny, who "gets out of breath running for a bus, tends to lack energy by early afternoon and thinks her muscle tone is rather soft." We learn that Jenny goes to the gym, but has trouble keeping up her motivation, especially when using monotonous equipment like the treadmill. NLP's solution for Jenny is for her to vividly imagine herself taking a walk in another location, away from the gym, "perhaps even somewhere as simple as the local shops." "In much less time than usual," we are told, "she will have completed her exercise and also had the mental stimulation of the imaginary walk." No kidding. It actually says all that, but not much else, except for the imporant safety caveat that "Jenny still needs to pay conscious attention to her exercise technique" while taking imaginary walks and having imaginary discussions with friends. Examples like this make NLP look ridiculous, and the second half of Harris's book is full of them.
As for jargon, NLP apparently has more than its share. Here are a few of my favorites, culled from the glossary: "Representational systems" are sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - in other words, the five senses. But I guess "five senses" wasn't available for copyright protection. Oh, and the perfectly useful terms sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell are apparently too ordinary for admission into the NLP lexicon, which instead talks about the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, gustatory and olfactory senses. Aside from these linguistic excrescences, "analogue marking" is a fancy way of saying "emphasizing," either through gesture or tone, and "perceptual positions" are basically the same things as perspectives. As a lawyer, I hear and use jargon every day. But if I were writing a book for a lay audience, I would avoid jargon like chlamydia. Harris does us the favor of providing a glossary, but she would have done better to purge the main text of any word or phrase, not immediately recognizable to the layperson, for which an acceptable substitute exists.
My next couple of critiques have to do with the style of the writing itself, apart from the uninspired examples and terms of art. A section on planning begins, "All of us need to plan at some time in our lives." The next section, on negotiation, begins, "There are many situations where negotiation is necessary." The chapter on social relationships begins, "There are many occasions when we need to come into contact with other people." I could go on, but the point is that Harris's weary repetition of the obvious is almost farcical.
One of my greatest pet peaves, and one that appears on nearly every other page of this book, is pronoun/antecedent disagreement. Opening the book at random, I find, "Ask a person you know if they will help you with an exercise." "A person" is singular; "they" is plural. Way back a long time ago, before elegance was sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, we would write, "Ask a person you know if he will help you with an exercise." Today, so as not to offend anyone by writing in a manner that fails to take into account the shape of his or her genitals, we may write, "Ask a person you know if she or he will help you with an exercise." This is awkward, but grammatically accurate. As a man, my feelings would not have been hurt had Harris used a hypothetical "she" throughout the text. In my own writing, I pay homage to gender neutrality by alternating hypothetical "he's" with hypothetical "she's." But I digress. WHERE WAS THE EDITOR?
My final critique is on the level of philosophy rather than content or style. On page 17, and again on page 83, Harris warns that certain techniques are too "powerful," are "open to misuse," and should only be used after "sufficient training" or "under supervision" of an advanced practitioner and then she clams up. I believe Harris may be sincere in her concern that certain techniques may be abused, but let's face it - in the age of Google and Amazon, anyone who wants to can find out just about anything. The same sort of coyness shows up all the time in magick, martial arts and, lately, press releases from government funded research facilities. If the author is not being condescending, then she must be incredibly naive, or else she is employing some reverse-psychology marketing technique in order to sell more advanced NLP manuals. At any rate, I've always found this sort of paternalistic self-censorship a little irritating.
I hope this review hasn't been too negative. I really do mean it to be constructive. Regardless of the labels used (magick, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP or whatever), we all wish we could do a better job winning friends and influencing people, yet we resent it when politicians, media figures, religious leaders and other types of salesmen manipulate us (that is, those of us who've figured out we're being manipulated resent it, and wonder why nobody else seems to notice or care). Aside from that, most of us could use an occasional tune-up of our cognitive, interpersonal and "spiritual" faculties, and if someone out there has developed some useful techniques, let's hear them! For these reasons, an easy-to-follow introduction to NLP is to be desired. To the author and the publisher: please do a better job next time. To the prospective reader: keep browsing titles before purchasing your first book on NLP. There must be a better one out there.