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James Lawley

James LawleyJames Lawley is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, coach in business, and certified NLP trainer, and professional modeller. He is a co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author (with Penny Tompkins) of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling. For a more detailed  biography see about us and his blog.

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Vision is Not Black and White: The Colourless Case of Mr. I
By James Lawley | Published 01 12 1996
Advanced NLP

While reading Oliver Sacks' latest book, An Anthropologist on Mars, I was excited to discover how many of the conclusions from his lifelong study of people with unusual neurological conditions could be mapped directly onto an NLP framework.

This article gives a brief description of Sacks' research with one particular patient. It describes how Sacks' findings can be used to enrich the NLP model and how an NLP perspective can make sense of the functioning of the brain.
Road to Recognition with UKCP
By James Lawley | Published 01 07 1994
Introductory NLP
First published in NLP World in 1994, this article explains how NLP Psychotherapy and Counselling has made great strides in becoming accepted, and even respected in Great Britain. It covers the background, the validation  process, and the factors underlying the success in gaining recognition with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I wanna be elected
By James Lawley | Published 10 03 1994
Introductory NLP
This report by members of the Association for NLP (UK) Psychotherapy and Counselling Section (ANLP-PCS) Committee was first published in Rapport, Spring 1994. It describes:
  • The run up to the AGM and elections
  • First ever NLP Psychotherapy and Counselling Conference
  • Results of the second year of validation of NLP Psychotherapists
  • First Code of Practice for NLP Supervisors and Supervision 
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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': [1] 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.[1] 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' [1], 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...
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