Articles by this Author
Comments on It Certainly Ain't Clean
My discussions with Andrew Austin and Steve Andreas on the similarities and differences between Andy's Metaphors of Movement process and Symbolic Modelling/Clean Language.
Citations and Research
A list of research academic and professional articles, papers, thesis and books that have made use of the ideas of David Grove.
When a Natural Energy Sparks — a video clip
The Original Ethos of NLP
A 10 minute video clip of a Symbolic Modelling session is used to
illustrate: the use of the Clean Language of
David Grove; working with client-generated metaphor; and facilitating the client to self-model.
In the beginning was an ethos, a characteristic spirit of a community. Judith DeLozier says: "The discipline known as NLP began before it had a name with an interdisciplinary community of people. We were motivated by a shared curiosity about how we know, about how we learn, how we communicate, and how we change."
Joining Up the work of David Grove
Black Swan Logic
This paper presents a model that ‘joins up’ the three main
phases of David Grove's work. Rather than trying to
integrate the phases into a single process I have maintained the individuality of each domain and language model. I used the metaphor of
‘join up’ because David was inspired by The Horse Whisper
, Monty Roberts.
Neurobiology of Space
A review of the ideas from The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb who asserts that "our world is dominated by
the extreme, the unknown, and the very improbable — and all the while we spend our time engaged in
small talk, focusing on the known, and the repeated. In spite of our progress and growth, the
future will be increasingly less predictable, while both human nature
and social 'science' seem to conspire to hide this idea from us."
"In all living creatures, from snails to people, knowledge of space is central to behavior. We live in it, move through it, explore it, defend it. Space is unlike other senses [because it] is not analyzed by a specialized sensory organ. The brain must combine inputs from several different sensory modalities and then generate a complete internal representation that does not depend exclusively on any one input. How, then, is space represented?" In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind,
Eric R. Kandel, Norton, 2007
Handouts for Northern School of NLP Diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy, Module 2, Feb 2007.
Contents: 1. Outcome Orientation; 2. Roots of NLP; 3. Difference Engines; 4. Desired Outcomes as Creations; 5. When the Solution is the Problem; 6. Conscious Purpose.
When 'Where' Matters: How psychoactive space is created and utilised
Steve Andreas on Symbolic Modelling
A joined-up model of how methodologies derived from the work of David Grove invoke the psychoactivity of spatial relations in therapeutic, as well as in other settings. Once a space becomes psychoactive a person is effectively 'living in their metaphor'. Then, when something changes in that perceptual space (often spontaneously), more of their mind-body is involved. This usually produces a more embodied and systemic change.
Steve Andreas has generously allowed us to reproduce the pages of his new book, Six Blind Elephants, where he analyses Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. Following
the extract we have copied our response to Steve's original manuscript as it
contains some valuable distinctions about clean questions and a clean methodology.
Blogs by this Author
Published 24 12 2010
Where do good ideas come from? Not as we like to think, with a sudden flash of genius, says writer Steven Johnson. He tells the Guardian's excellent Oliver Burkeman that "Eureka moments are very, very...
Published 25 12 2010
Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University, writes on 'This Is Your Brain on Metaphors':  Consider an animal (including a human) that ha...
Published 26 12 2010
In the latest issue of Scientific American Mind, Siri Carpenter, PhD social psychology from Yale University, reviews the recent research into embodied cognition. She writes:Why do we look up to th...
Published 28 12 2010
Aaron Mays describes a new study which concludes that weight-conscious individuals are likely to believe in "negative calories", i.e. they believe that adding a side salad to a cheeseburger will lower...
Published 27 12 2010
Following on from yesterdays' piece about 'Body of Thought: Fleeting sensations and body movements hold sway over what we feel and how we think' , Siri Carpenter says that many cognitive scientis...
Published 31 12 2010
Give yourself a New Year's gift.The idea for the following activity came from an article by Wray Herbert in Scientific American Mind.
Herbert describes several pieces of research that demonstrate "t...
Published 10 01 2011
I was recently asked: Is Symbolic Modelling indicated for the following clients?:Clients who have a metaphor landscape that is too filled with self-destructive or violent material.Clients who are in r...
Published 09 01 2011
How do you work with someone who can identify metaphors for their desired outcomes and develop them in rich detail but later dismisses them as only fantasy?At one level, of course they are fantasies, ...
Published 02 01 2011
What approach would you take with a client who has "a deep fear of giving up my victim, for
then, "Who would I be?" 'A victim' is a perspective on a situation which can develop into a perspective on...
Published 11 01 2011
I'm a great fan of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. For Taleb, a "Black Swan is an event, not an exception or a bird with feathers, but an event th...