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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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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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A Developmental Perspective
'Development' is not out there in the observed system — it is a perspective, a worldview, a way of punctuating experience. We have become convinced of the value of maintaining a developmental perspective because it helps us make sense of the changes our clients do and do not make. (Not to mention ourselves.)
Clean Space: Modeling Human Perception through Emergence
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 09 2003
Clean Space
David Grove, the originator of Clean Language and the innovator of many processes for working with client-generated metaphor, has created Clean Space, a fascinating new approach that uses emergence to model human perception and facilitate organic change.
"Becoming familiar with the characteristics of organisational levels of Metaphor Landscapes means you will be able to distinguish between them, to shift your attention from one to another and to recognise how each level influences the Landscape as a whole. This in turn will enhance your ability to cleanly invite clients to switch their attention within and between the four levels (symbols, relationships, patterns and pattern of organisation)." Metaphors in Mind, p. 31
Polished Verse - An interview with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
An interview with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley by John Soderlund, editor New Therapist.
Multiple Perceptions, Perspectives and Perceivers
Ken Wilber has said that the first two "important truths of postmodernism [that we construct reality and that meaning is context-dependent] means a multiperspective approach to reality is called for." We maintain that all of us naturally make use of multiple perceptions, multiple perspectives and multiple perceivers, but how do we do that?
Context Matters
"Everything is determined by context. All messages in the real world that really are messages happen within a context.  The context may be evolutionary, chemical, biological, neurological, linguistic, or technological, but it transforms the question of information content beyond measure." Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, The Collapse of Chaos.
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