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on 18 August 2017
Ericksonian assumptions have become NLP assumptions; his capacity to enter in to the client's model with the "grace and power of a master" in actively listening with a finely tuned expressive awareness was remarkable, and an inverse metal model (lovingly coined by Bandler and Grinder the Milton Model) recreates the basic hypnotic patterns regularly conjured by the esteemed hypnotist in eliciting a third level of consciousness - an acceptance state. More than once it is pointed out Erickson had an extraordinary capacity to work with the most intractable of resistances and restraints (Bateson) offered up by clients. To quote one of my favourite co-creators' line, if "people who come for therapy are not bad, sick, crazy or evil but are making the best choices available in their model of the world" then Erickson embodies this belief almost as a principle and 'embeds' (the spelling 'imbed' is also used) in the overlap and intersection of unconscious meanings of phenomena: "there is a positive intention motivating every behaviour; and a context in which every behaviour has value" as low resistance

Parts 1 and 2 provide a close reading of Erickson's case notes written in a somewhat medicalised unspecified predicate style after an identification of the patterns of his work have been briefly described. Throughout there is an attempt at a deeper appreciation of how Erickson elicits deep trance states that access and utilise both hemispheres - each with a different quality, speed and accuracy of response - and similarities to the techniques Bandler and Grinder have already developed, for example visualisation, are often compared. Part 3 goes into much more of the construction of grammar, like Magic 1, and is a study of the maximal direction techniques of meta-patterning principles broken into five categories of distinction: causal modelling, transderivational phenomena, ambiguity, lesser included structures and derived meanings.

A special enquiry with Aldous Huxley at a planned retreat into various states of psychological awareness exploring the nature and character of altered states, reveals the famous author's skill at 'deep reflection'. This allows him to marshal his thoughts at a deeper level, similar one wonders to Einstein's focused daydreaming or maybe what today might be a variation of mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn)? Absorbing insights into Huxley's inchoate description-making are described as he attempts to explore his unconscious with his some of Erickson's interventions reported back as "the external stimuli felt outside language without knowing as an undefined something until a suggestion of something was coming" or a "physical activity impinged upon my train of thought leading to amnesia of experience."

NLP is "a set of strategies in restoring the balance of unconscious processes in learning versus the dominant brain in the age of the accountant", and, "we can do learning a whole lot better...by suspending our maps of knowledge and participating in (unconscious) assimilation." (search for Grinder 'What is NLP? 2008, 5:42 mins'). If further Clark I Hull's research indicates there are scant differences between the waking and hypnotic states, except in response to suggestions and remembering events, then a disruption in educational fields surely beckons. How about a light trance induction at the start of maths class for example?

There are so many open loops in Patterns 1 it is hard to know which one to close (Bluma Zeigarnik); that if If Magic 1 be the father to the meta beast known as NLP, then Patterns1 is surely its mother or seductive mistress. Mind blowing and crucial reading. One of my Robinson Crusoe books.
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on 12 November 2017
Great book
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looked like almost new on arrival, very satisfied
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on 15 April 2016
good seller and great book, thanks
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on 5 June 2017
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on 20 May 2013
like the book, the condition is a little more worn than I expected. however it's a good read and I require it for my course. thankyou
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on 19 February 2013
Very useful and practical.If offers real cases and clear explanations. It useful in a wide range of contexts. Reading the 2nd volume.
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on 16 July 2009
This is another great book from Bandler and Grinder, but as another reviewer has pointed out, it is the terms used in the book which can make it a little less enjoyable.
There are a few chioce nuggets in the book as in all their other NLP books, so all in all not my favourite NLP book but still worth reading.
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on 12 June 2008
Not what I'd call hypnotic writing.
The subject is tackled in an adequate fashion, but it is done in a dry way, with no prose at all.
The pseudo-maths are not 100% convincing either.

Not very captivating, Grinder and Co could have done better I think.
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on 9 July 2010
This book is a bit loaded with linguistic jargon, but its contribution to NLP is so big that it HAS to merit full marks. Today, the concepts behind Erickson's language have been adopted in life coaching, as well as in NLP and hypnosis, and some brilliant guys, among them Paul McKenna and Anthony Robbins owe much of their success to Erickson's work.

I feel that the jargon and detail are essential in order to cover the subject properly. There is much cross-over with the study of English language, and a study of grammar and syntax in particular will enable you to get more out of this book. We are looking at the field of skilled linguistic communication, so we will naturally need to learn some terminology - if I was advised by a doctor who didn't know the names of various internal organs I would be rather worried!

Awareness of the use of language in terms of Bandler and Grinder's Milton Model leads to a greater understanding of how people receive our words - and because of this, it is little wonder that Ross Jeffries jumped on these ideas for his speed seduction concept. The Milton Model concepts can also be used in order to word our propositions in the most amenable manner, this is why I use it when teaching, simply because I want students to feel that they are learning because they WANT to learn, rather than because they HAVE to. The NLP presupposition that choice is better than no choice encapsulates the philosophy behind this. Erickson took this philosophy to a higher level.

The analysis of presuppositions will raise our communication skill, offering a number of personal benefits. One such benefit being a better understanding of the manipulator and his/her tactics.

It's a tough book to study, but it will give you a much better understanding of how syntax affects response.

As other reviewers have suggested, Taproots: Underlying Principles of Milton Erickson's Therapy and Hypnosis (A Norton professional book) is a good introduction to Erickson's way of thinking, but if you are struggling with the lingo, the most helpful book will probably be Wordweaving: The Science of Suggestion - A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Hypnotic Language: 1. This book (Wordweaving) has exercises at the end of each chapter, and it contains a very broad base of knowledge.
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