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Articles about the relationship between James Lawley and Penny Tompkins' process, Symbolic Modelling, and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing).

Symbolic Modelling: an overview
Certain aspects of our subjective experience seem best suited to metaphoric and symbolic expression. To bring this type of experience to consciousness requires a method which is compatible with the nature of metaphor. This article was written as a step towards establishing such a methodology: Symbolic Modelling
Meta, Milton, Metaphor: Models of Subjective Experience

In the beginning was the Meta Model. Richard Bandler and John Grinder's brilliant linguistic methodology for exploring and influencing a client's model of the world — in the direction of sensory experience. Then came the Milton Model. The linguistic art of utilising non-specific and conceptual experience for therapeutic ends. The marriage of these two models produced an offspring: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).  But what if there was another type of experience metaphoric and symbolic — never coded by Bandler and Grinder?

The Meta-States in Symbolic Modelling
By L Michael Hall | Published 13 04 2001
Advanced NLP , SyM and NLP

In previous works, I have described the role of "metaphors" as language (The Secrets of Magic, 1997) and as meta-level phenomena that sets higher frames or meta-states over primary states (Meta-States Journal). Doing this enables us to engage in a much higher level kind of thinking; we are then able to think about one thing in terms of another.

Steve Andreas on Symbolic Modelling
By James Lawley | Published 17 09 2005
SyM and NLP
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.
Reflections on the Mirror Model
The 'Mirror-model' was developed in 1998 as a means of introducing a self-reflective, non-interpretative model of conversational change into Organisational Healing's NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings.

Part 1 of this article is a summary of that development, and has a few thoughts about adapting a rigorous therapeutic modality to the wider world of conversational change.

Part 2 will offer a detailed example of how you can use the frames and the questions with a client.

The 2 parts can be found on separate pages in this article.

The Mirror Model
'CONVERSATIONAL CHANGE' is a seminar subject dear to the heart of many who wish to affect or direct others. What do we mean by 'conversational'? What kind of 'change'? Is it possible for anyone to use the same kind of transformational language as a therapist or counsellor and get away with it? Which of these questions are open and which are not?
Identity Change with Grovian Metaphor
By Robert Smith | Published 11 01 2001
Theories of Change , SyM and NLP
Grovian metaphor is a therapeutic change technique created by New Zealander David Grove.

James Lawley and Penny Tompkins as Master Modellers extended David Grove's work beyond to include educational and business settings.

If NLP is to develop and grow into the new millennium it will need to assimilate into the syllabuses new technologies of change such as the work of Grove, Lawley and Tompkins.
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.
Modelling Robert Dilts Modelling
This extensive report describes both the product of Penny Tompkins and James Lawley's modelling of Robert Dilts, and the process by which they arrived at their model. It includes 9 video clips, transcripts and a host of source material.
Ethics of Change Work
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 28 01 2006
SyM and NLP
A response to a request by John Grinder (co-developer of NLP) for information about David Grove's work and Symbolic Modelling as examples of processes that involve "transactions that are designed to provoke change without the imposition of the agent’s own material." 



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