Clean Language Revisited: The evolution of a model
Clean Language in Sport
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.
I describe how I used Clean Language to facilitate Sports Performers' metaphors to give them a
greater awareness of their sensory/intuitive processes and provides a
language to discuss the previously 'difficult to describe' processes
like: "How to get into the zone".
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.
Modelling the Structure of Binds and Double Binds
Part 2 - And How to Act from What You Know to be True - has just been published in 'work in progress' form.
How is it that sometimes people want to change, try to change, and may even make changes, yet they end up repeating the same old patterns? They are in a bind. This article describes four prototypical binds; defines double binds; and summarises how to transform binds. PLUS, newly added: Guidelines for working with binding patterns.
Coaching for P.R.O.s
Mastery, New Coding and Systemic NLP
Being able to make the distinction between a Problem, a Remedy and desired Outcome statement is vital to being an 'outcome orientated' facilitator. This article gives detailed instructions on how to recognise client's PRO statements and how to respond so that you have more choice about where you guide their attention.
PRO can also be used to keep meetings on track, to keep a group in a creative state, to move people beyond conflict towards a joint outcome, or in numerous other productive ways.
Coding. There's a paradox. As soon as we code something, is it systemic anymore? At what level do we have to go to in our thinking to maintain the systemic nature of it? And how do we put it back in the body? We look at how the system emerges naturally. We look at how the system punctuates itself naturally. We look at how it goes out of bounds and then rebalances itself naturally. That is holistic, that is systemic. And I think this really is the next challenge for NLP.