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Product details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Real People Press; First Edition edition (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911226443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911226447
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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"A fascinating book of amusing and sometimes outrageous vignettes, using NLP language patterns, submodalities, and what one might call 'NLP provocative therapy.' A delightful collection of stories, thought pieces, and teaching that cast light into what NLP has to offer the field of psychotherapy and psychiatry. If you have an interest in the field" -- Julian Russell "Senior Executive Coach and co-author of Alpha Leadership: tools for business leaders who want more from life."

About the Author

Formerly a registered nurse working in clinical neurology and neurosurgery, Andrew T. Austin began his nursing career in Accident and Emergency, where he quickly developed a strong reputation for working with the many psychiatric and mental health-related emergencies that were frequently presented to the department. It was during this period in 1994 that he began training in hypnosis and therapy, and his interest in psychotherapy and neurolinguistics grew. Andrew organises The West Sussex Hypnosis and NLP Study Group where he currently is focusing on neurology and the treatment of clinical conditions. Via his frequent writings, workshops, and lectures Andrew T. Austin is rapidly becoming known as the leading NLP-oriented therapist emphasising the neurological aspects of personal change and therapy. His seminars and workshops are sought out by NLP practitioners, trainers, and psychotherapists seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills base of the neurological underpinnings of their work. He lives in the south of England. Contact: nlp@hotmail.co.uk

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Really enjoyed this book.It is really easy to read . I found it difficult to put it down , I have seen Andrew on NLP Resources videos and have read his brilliant article on weight issues but the book is just as witty and shows how rapport is one of the main principles of therapy .
I found his his honesty about therapy not always working refreshing and was pleased that he didnt blame the client .
As another reviewer said he is a good mixture of Bandler and Ericson and of course himself .Would recommend people to read this book and already have !
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Andrew T Austin seems to be a bit of a one off and certainly does not lack the courage of his convictions - neither does he feel compelled to compromise or acquiesce to the expectations of popular convention. This makes him a touch edgy even "dangerous". Fortunately this also happens to make him a touch brilliant. His brand of unconventional therapeutic intervention is based upon a combination of a searingly incisive understanding of the human condition and a willingness to have the courage of his convictions with regard to the practical application of his innovative NLP and hypnosis techniques.

This book captures the essence of the man, his approach and his attitude to benevolence when working with human beings who just so happen to be suffering.

What does all of this mean? Well what it means is this; buy it. It is the best NLP book that I have read and I recommend it 100%
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I recently purchased Andrew's excellent book - which i know has been out for a while. It is a very very funny book and displays Andrew's incredible effectiveness at applying mainly NLP-based approaches in the most difficult of settings that your average NLP-er would fear to tread. If you have read 'using your brain for a change' by richard bandler - then Andrew's book is of the same stimulating genre. I have also recently attended a training with Andrew and liked his style so much - we have organised a 2-day training with him in Liverpool in July. So really can highly recommend this book and his trainings!
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Well what can One think but WOW! Can you remember the excitement you first felt on discovering NLP and change-work? Well when you buy this book be prepared to have your excitement, enthusiasm and your life re-ignited better than the first time!

This is genuinely the first book in years that has grabbed my attention through the highly readable device of brilliant true-life stories that positively VIBRATE with cutting edge ideas and the tangible experience of NLP genius Andrew T. Austin.

Funny, charming, insightful, challenging, easy to read and containing more solid-gold information per-sentence than virtually all books in the field - this book inspired me to HAVE A GO, something so few books of dry technique can achieve even after repeated readings. I have already helped my first clients to achieve their goals and dreams and the future looks bright ;)

My life has changed because of this book and that's just one person who bought it. Join the revolution for healthy minds here and now!

Stunning.
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'With hindsight, maybe dressing up as Satan was a step too far, but sometimes I just cannot resist. When a consultant psychiatrist called me to book an appointment to "confront her Catholic guilt", then something inside my head just started shouting "Go on!! She's a psychiatrist! Do it!! Do the session dressed as Satan!!"'

If you like that extract, then you'll love this book. It's a series of bite-sized articles, case studies and "Tales from a neurolinguist's journal" drawn from Austin's practice as a hypnotherapist and former career as a psychiatric nurse.

The book comes with heavyweight endorsement from the likes of Steve Andreas and Bill O'Hanlon, who describes Austin as 'the British Milton Erickson' - although given the degree of irreverence for the psychiatric establishment and the willingness to satirise some elements of the NLP community, "the British Richard Bandler" might be a little bit closer to conveying the flavour of the book.

Published by Real People Press, the Mark Andreas hippy-art cover makes it look like classic NLP works such as 'Frogs Into Princes' and 'Trance-Formations', and it's good enough to stand in that company. There really is an insight on nearly every page. The psych nursing background gives Austin an unusual depth of knowledge of the oft-neglected 'neuro' part of NLP, which provides useful perspectives on disorders like OCD.

Many people will be familiar with the "That's so obvious - why didn't I notice that before?" moments that come thick and fast when you first encounter NLP. I'm pleased to say that after 10 years as an NLP trainer, this book could still give me plenty of those. Of course a decision-making process that uses movies is going to get better results than one restricted to stills! Damn!
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I myself am an NLP Master Prac and I bought this on a recommendation from another Master Prac as they said it was THE best informal NLP book on Amazon.

I started reading it on the train down to London and actually sat in Costa coffee in Liverpool Street to finish it as it was THAT good.

Not only did it have me laughing, it also in two parts had me crying, the part with the dying child was incredibly emotional but also uplifting that he had the power to deal with it.

The book is packed with metaphor and will light up your own issues and concerns!

Just a wonderful read and I will go as far to say that this is THE best NLP book I have ever read.

Amazing!
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