Using Your Brain–For A Change

| March 30, 2011

Title: Using Your Brain – For A Change

Authors: Richard Bandler

Publisher: Real People Press (May 1985)

Check it out: BF637.N46 B36 1985

From the publisher: Starting with the deliberately ambiguous title, what you get in this book is pure Bandler. Not surprising, really, since the text is an edited version of several seminars Bandler conducted in 1982.

It seems to me that you can treat the book as an educational exercise, or as an interactive experience. Indeed, the editing is so effective that I could imagine myself strolling through town letting Bandler show me the world through his eyes, listen to it with his ears, and so on. And a mightily enjoyable experience it was.

At the surface level the book covers topics such as submodalities, learning, the “swish” pattern, etc. – keeping in mind how much of our experience is objective, and how much is subjective. Better yet, having pointed out that the majority of our experience subjective – it goes on to explain how we can radically change our lives for the better by “reprogramming” the bits we don’t like.

Personally I found this to be an excellent book on the subject, with plenty of amusing and relevant cartoons by Gustav Russ Youngreen, and practical exercises and demonstrations throughout.

With regard to the difficulties mentioned by other reviewers, I would say that there are plenty of guys doing what Abby describes who wouldn’t know NLP from a hole in the ground.
It is also worth pointing out that NLP is, after all, just another tool. And like any other tool, *some* people are bound to misuse it.

As for whether you can become proficient in NLP just by attending one or two trainings and reading some books, I agree – you can’t.
And if you tell yourself that you don’t understand, then you won’t (that, too, is “reprogramming”!)

Like any other subject, you will only “learn” NLP when you “do” it. So anyone who thinks that reading this book, or any other, will make them into a master communicator overnight would probably be better off saving their money.

For readers who take the book in the spirit in which it was written, on the other hand, I’d guess you may find this a very enjoyable and beneficial addition to your bookshelf.