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Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-formation: How to Harness the Power of Hypnosis to Ignite Effortless and Lasting Change

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

    The best kept non-secret for NLP and hypnotic change-work.

    If you are new to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), you've probably looked up "NLP" and found an excess of technical terminology, as you thought to yourself: "What is a 'meta-model?' What the heck are 'sub-modalities' and 'reality stacking?' .Isn't it enough to keep track of one reality?!" Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation is an easy-read that will do more than answer those questions. You may predict it terribly difficult to learn such skill sets as these from a book, when if fact, as you're reading it, you might be surprised at how quickly you begin to pick up these skills yourself. That is the mark of Richard Bandler, a master of hypnotic language who actually uses NLP to teach NLP. If you are already an NLP practitioner, you will appreciate this book for the masterwork that it contains.

    Beginners in NLP frequently ask: What exactly is NLP? What can it do? Is it hypnosis? Is it a form of persuasion? Therapy? What can I do with it? Bandler (as a co-founder of NLP) informally addresses these questions and explains his perspective on NLP in his uniquely entertaining way. The focus here is on using hypnotic trance to cause change and as NLP practitioners know, we're still figuring out the extent of what this technology can do.

    I think of this book as one of the best-kept secrets in NLP though Bandler holds no secrets in this guide as he clearly guides the reader through such techniques as anchoring states, pattern interrupt, altering memories, threshold work, nested loops, and language patterns, just to name a few. This book is composed of five sections: Part 1 covers using NLP to elicit thought patterns. Part 2 covers hypnotic trance induction (including the iconic handshake interrupt.) Part 3 is aptly titled "using the tools of trance-formation" and discusses methods for using hypnotic phenomena to induce change. Part 4 is an annotated collection of "trance-scripts" of Bandler's sessions with actual clients so his language can be studied "in action." (My personal favorite appears in this part on page 240, which might even tickle advanced NLP practitioners.) Part 5 is the very useful "Resource Files" covering Anchoring, Sensory Predicates, Submodality Distinctions, Milton and Meta Model Language Patterns, and Strategy Elicitation.

    In 1981, Richard Bandler and John Grinder published Trance-Formations: Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis. For that reason, some have said that this new book is just a repackaging of old information. Though there is a shared emphasis on hypnotic re-patterning, I disagree considering that about 50% of this material is different with a different format and, therefore, I am open to the possibility that this new guide is the updated "Bandler's Notes" version.

    Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation is a book that I keep nearby and return to again and again and highly recommend it as it truly is a "how to" guide and remarkable reference for Bandler's work on trance-formation.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Superb! Very good summary of Richard Bandler's work, easy to understand.

    This book is very useful and summarizes Richard Bandler's core ideas. I read nearly all works of Richard Bandler. Some people find the content as a repeated material. But it is not repeat. Because Bandler summarizes his ideas with new insights and techniques in the most elegant way. I think this book is a masterpiece like a master's artwork has been created in his late years.
    I read it immediately and I felt the change inside of me even before I start to practice. I recommend this book anyone interested in NLP and especially therapists must read absolutely. It will pay its cost exceedingly.
    Thanks to Mr. Bandler to share his ideas and wisdom with us.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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