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Theories of Change

How the Brain Feels: Parts 1-5

One of the reasons people go into psychotherapy - as therapists or clients - is because they think (or feel) that their feeling and thinking are somehow opposed. Passion and intelligence are ignorant armies in a a permanent state of attrition. This paper is a preamble to the negotiations the parties must enter before peace can prevail. It is organized into 5 parts, a metaphor for the 5-stage feeling-thinking process itself:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

When 'Where' Matters: How psychoactive space is created and utilised
'where' jigsawA joined-up model of how methodologies derived from the work of David Grove invoke the psychoactivity of spatial relations in therapeutic, as well as in other settings. Once a space becomes psychoactive a person is effectively 'living in their metaphor'. Then, when something changes in that perceptual space (often spontaneously), more of their mind-body is involved. This usually produces a more embodied and systemic change.
Maximising Serendipity
This paper explores six stages which need to happen for serendipity to have occurred, the features of each stage and ways maximize the potential for serendipity. 
Iteration, Iteration, Iteration
If you search for 'iteration' on the web you will find precious little outside the domain of mathematics and computing. And yet iteration is commonly seen in nature as a way for organisms to grow and develop and as a change process in an increasing number of psychotherapeutic procedures. So what is iteration and how can we make use of it? These are unpublished notes written for The Developing Group.
Philosophy and Principles of Clean Language
A list of 17 principles related to the use of Clean Language (from talk given by David Grove at a Clean Language Research Day in London, 13 November 1998).
Problem Domains And Non-Traumatic Resolution Through Metaphor Therapy
The quadrants provide a sense of the holographic nature of problem domains and provide a context for understanding how the mechanisms function in a matrix of space and time. The objective of this therapy is to find a solution to a particular problem domain by tracing the undesirable symptom back through time to its originator. A powerful 'redemptive metaphor' can then be discovered prior to the origination that can be utilized to heal the etiology and its entire evolution into the client's life.
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.)
Resolving Problem Patterns
Psychotherapy has a history of imposing external patterns (the therapist's) on internal experience (the client's). But working with clean language and autogenic (self-generated) metaphor, complex patterns can be codified into relatively simple configurations which can be explored by the client with minimal interference by the therapist and then more effectively transformed. My purpose in this paper (split into two parts) is to help you identify patterns and to consider ways of facilitating clients to discern, decode and resolve them through clean language and autogenic metaphor. 
Supermodel: A contextual metaphor for NLP language models
A model that finds a place for three NLP language models - Meta, Milton and Sleight-of-Mouth - in the context of an NLP-derived fourth model - Metaphor - which I happen to believe is the most fundamental and far-reaching of all.
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.

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