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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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Preferences: What and How We Like
How do you know:
    ° you like/dislike something?
    ° how much you like/dislike it?
    ° you prefer it to something else you like less?
Modelling the embodied how we know we prefer one thing, person or activity over another.    
Metáforas en la Mente
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 20 01 2005

El artículo "Metaphors in Mind: A Case Study" de Penny Tompkins y James Lawley - traducido al español por Pedro Henríquez

When and How to Use 'when' and 'as'
 ‘When’ and as’ one of the primary ways to cleanly invite clients to attend to an aspect of their perception of their Metaphor Landscape. These notes describe how ‘when’ and ’as’ can be used:
  • To enhance the effectiveness of your questions by more precisely directing the client’s attention
  • To specify or frame the context in which the question is answered
  • In a variety of ways
  • At different times in the process.
Le Clean Language Revisite
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 10 2004

La traduction de cet article, Clean Language Revisited: The evolution of a model (2004). Dans cet article, Penny Tompkins et James Lawley expliquent les évolutions de la méthode depuis ses débuts et proposent une nouvelle métaphore de la perception en Clean Language. Traduction de Eric von Saenger.

Clean Language Revisited: The evolution of a model
We published our first article on David Grove's Clean Language, Less is More, in 1997. Since then our model of Clean Language has undergone two revisions. Here we document these changes and explain why they happened. By charting the development of our thinking we demonstrate how modelling over the long-term is an evolutionary process.
Body Awareness
Notes about the relationship of the Mind-Body and Body-Mind:
1. General quotes
2. Thoughts of Moshe Feldenkrais
3. What is the body?
4. Body ‘communication’
5. Body metaphors
6. The embodied nature of meaning and metaphor - balance
7. Recommended reading
The Jewel of Choice
This 3-part article contains a transcript for each of the two sessions where Penny Tompkins and James Lawley worked with a participant on a Symbolic Modelling training in 2001. The transcripts are annotated to explain some of the modelling involved and the purpose for each question. In part 3 the client describes - both in words and drawings - the changes she experienced during the sessions, and what happened in the following 6 months.
Self-Deception, Delusion and Denial
Part 1 - When we deceive, delude or deny to our self, we mislead our self, we misrepresent or disown what we know to be true, we lie to our self, we refuse to acknowledge that which we know. This article descibes how it takes multiple levels of awareness to be able to do this and gives a systemic perspective on this universal human trait.

Part 2 - And How to Act from What You Know to be True - has just been published in 'work in progress' form.

Learning to Act from What You Know to be True
This is Part 2, the follow on to our article on Self-Deception, Delusion and Denial.

There is also a Part 3: Modelling How We Act From What We Know To Be True
Big Fish in a Small Pond: The Importance of Scale
Do you make 'mountains out of molehills', or are problems just 'a drop in the ocean'? How you proportion your perceptions is fundamental to the structure of your subjective experience. Your map may not be the territory, but if it's to be of much use you'd better know its scale. This article is about the nature of scale, how to begin modeling it, and what happens when you change the scale of things to come.
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