“…I very seldom recommend books at all, but it is a huge pleasure to recommend this one by Andy Austin, who has one of the brightest minds, warmest hearts, and bravest spirits in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Moreover, he uses ail these with the utmost skill, creativity, and outrageous playfulness. He is truly a ‘”Lance Armstrong” of NLP; if there were an “extreme games” in NLP working with unusual clients with unique problems, he would win it hands down.
I have to tell you that overall, the wider field of psychotherapy, psychiatry, and personal change—and not a little of the field of NLP—is a shameless shambles—like a very dark moonless night that allows you to see very little, and do less, with only a small sprinkling of bright stars, most of whom have extensive training in NLP.
I say this after almost half a century in the field, during which I have experienced thousands of sessions of famous therapists doing therapy with clients, and after spending several decades leaching professionals in trainings, and in presentations at national psychotherapy conferences.
Most psychotherapy is ineffective, much of it is harmful, and ail of it is expensive. Tne most common response to this lack of effectiveness is to blame clients for “not being ready to change,” and to submerge their problems in drugs that only sweep them under a rug of numbness and lethargy.
In these pages, Andy gives us vivid glimpses of this bleak landscape, but he also shows now’ rapid and effective therapy and personal change can be when you know what you are doing, and how to do it. Despite 30 years of full-time involvement in NLP, I have learned much from these pages. But don’t take my word for it; read a few chapters and find out for yourself…”
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