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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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What's in a Name: The effect of labelling on experience
By James Lawley | Published 06 10 2012
The Developing Group
When we consider that all words are labels, we realise every word slants our thinking in some way. Given we have to label to communicate verbally, and since most of us, most of the time, have no idea how we label, or the effects of one label over another, we thought it would be interesting to explore this rich topic by looking at labelling from a number of perspectives. 
Current Clean Research
By James Lawley | Published 02 09 2012
Research & Interviewing
A list of current research projects where the research topic (content) or the research methodology (process) draws upon Symbolic Modelling, Clean language or other clean approaches derived from the work of David Grove.
Pointing to a New Modelling Perspective
After more than a decade of searching for a satisfying analogy that describes the perspective I take when symbolic modelling I’ve finally found one right under my nose. It is the simple and everyday act of pointing.

Setting Up Clean Space
By James Lawley | Published 16 03 2012
Clean Space
David Grove's Clean Space has often been presented as a linear technique. This blog attempts to redress the balance by attending more to the artistic aspect of Clean Space. It examines the role of the facilitator and introduces 'Six Set Ups' and aligns them with the 'Level I Criteria of Competence'.
Remote Extended assessment
By James Lawley | Published 12 01 2012
The Developing Group , Books DVDs etc

Competence Criteria Level I
By James Lawley | Published 30 07 2011
Books DVDs etc
Criteria for Competence as a Clean Facilitator – Level I. 
The Remote and Extended Credit Assessment Process.  
Assessor Criteria and list of Assessors.
Comments on It Certainly Ain't Clean
By James Lawley | Published 06 04 2011
SyM and NLP , Advanced NLP
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
By James Lawley | Published 11 03 2009
Transcripts & Case Studies
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.
The Original Ethos of NLP
By James Lawley | Published 08 12 2008
Introductory NLP
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."
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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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