Whack-a-Mole for Coaching

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2017

Meta Programs on Display, Human Knowledge Advances and (yet another) Whack-a-Mole Meta Pattern Example

This post, part of a continuing series of light hearted back-and forth with Steve Andreas, replies to Steve post entitled ‘Nesting Experience, Contradiction, and Other Exceptions to the Meta Pattern’. In this post I will answer 3 questions: 

  1.     How is it that Steve and I have such diametrically opposite views within our discussion? Understanding this ‘how’ will help readers make sense of both sides of the argument.
  2.     How does Human Knowledge increase, and why it is important for the growth in our field to consider parallel fields such as Neuroscience? (BTW I’m very happy to see that Steve has started to post Neuroscience research on HypnoThoughts.com!)
  3.     How can you use the Meta Pattern to assist clients who don’t believe in their own ability to change, and hence risk relapse? I’ll use Steve’s...
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Neuroscience, Metaphors in Coaching

Uncategorized Nov 18, 2016

This is my response to Steve Andreas post of November 2, 2016 in response to earlier posts on the swish, states, neuroscience and the HNLP Meta Pattern.

As usual, I will take a big picture view of the situation. In this post I will focus on two aspects of what Steve says:

  • Firstly, how the swish actually works. We have discussed the swish as classical conditioning, and Steve has raised the idea of the swish as operant conditioning. Another way of explain the swish is as post-hypnotic conditioning. We will explore each of these explanations and what they mean for the swish.

  • Secondly, I will briefly recap the ‘why’ of using neuroscience within change work, and offer a framework within which practitioners can decide whether it is the right ‘metaphor’ for them.

Before we begin, I’m going to put my own pedantic trousers on for just a moment. Steve takes several statements I made in a previous post and say they are wrong, in order to undermine my...

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Patterns Inside Patterns: The Continued Discussion with Steve and Connirae Andreas

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2016

This is the most recent installment of the ongoing discussion between Steve Andreas and myself. It originally began as a discussion of the swish pattern, but has now moved onto a discussion of the ‘Meta Pattern’ of HNLP. I believe both Steve and I hope this discussion can act as both to enlighten various aspects of NLP that are normally hidden below the surface, and also act as a model for respectful discourse that is so often lacking in some other on-line platforms.

Welcome to Connirae Andreas!

First of all, I would like to say a big thank you and welcome to Connirae. I found your comments and observations brilliant and insightful and contain nothing that I could possibly disagree with. I’ll expand on a couple of points:

First, in saying John Overdurf developed, or more accurately discovered, the Meta Pattern I did not mean to imply that others have not done so. I read ‘Change Your Mind and Keep the Change’ many years ago (I would thoroughly recommend...

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Q&A With A Blind Hypnotist

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2016

Over the past few months Jess has received a number of questions about what it's like to do hypnosis while being legally blind.  In this video she answers some of the most common questions while sharing some variations in callibration techniques and giving some insight into what it's like to be visually impaired. 


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Session Transcript: Therapeutic Regression

Uncategorized Oct 05, 2016

This client transcript was from a session I (Jess) held several years ago.  This is included in my book Conversational Regression: An (H)NLP Approach to Reimprinting

The client was a 20-year-old university student who had been raised in a community where hypnosis was seen as evil. Although he was open to it and desperate to change, his unconscious cues made it clear that I would have to do a lot more work around hypnosis if it were to overtly use it. This illustrates the point that reimprinting is not only conversational but allows easy elicitation of hypnotic phenomena in any depth of trance.

This client’s presenting issue was a fear of vomiting. He was the primary parent of a 2-year-old girl. He was afraid of the vomit and had created a meta-fear around not being able to take care of his child. He also worried that she would inherit his fear.

This transcript picks up after the initial intake.

Coach: So tell me, James, about the last time and place you experienced this...

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Saying No to Clients

Uncategorized Sep 28, 2016

As a hypnotist who is passionate about helping others change, it is understandable that you would want to take on every prospective client who reaches out to you.  If this is your career and you want to build a business of course having a completely filled appointment book feels good.  

There are times though when you will want to say no to a prospective client.  Taking them on could be detrimental to you, them, and your business.  In the video below, Sarah talks how to recognize these types of prospective clients and how you can artful manage them.  This video is a segment from an hour long webinar in which Sarah presents 12 important lessons not taught in most hypnotherapy trainings.  Click the link below the video to acces the full hour for free.  




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The Swish, States, and Neuroscience: Continuing the Dialogue with Steve Andreas

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2016

Neuroscience, Nuclear Physics, French Cooking and the Swish


This post is in response to a continuing dialogue between Steve Andreas and myself, revolving around the swish (but occasionally veering off onto other topics). Steve and I hope this dialogue can act as an example of deep yet respectful debate of important areas of NLP.  Of course I am also deeply enjoying this dialogue and hope Steve and the rest of the NLP community who are reading this discussion are as well.

As usual, I’d like to take one aspect of Steve’s prior post and explore it a little more deeply. The aspect I have chosen is Steve’s wonderful line: “I have great respect for neuroscience, and also for nuclear physics. However, I don’t think either one has much to tell us (so far) about learning and change”.

That’s rather like saying I respect French cooking and nuclear physics, but neither one will help me entertain my friends from Paris! In this blog post...

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The Structure of Change: A Response to Steve Andreas

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2016

I truly enjoy and appreciate intelligent discussion of NLP. Such discussions can make us all think more deeply about the principles that underlie this amazing discipline. I am therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to share ideas with Steve Andreas, one of the giants of early NLP development, regarding the Swish pattern.

Steve wrote a blog article regarding the Swish, I responded with my own article, and Steve commented in detail on my article. I guess this is now round 4! Steve made some great points in his last article, although on some matters we will have to agree to disagree. As Steve says, we will have to wait till there is serious scientific research into NLP to resolve these matters, something that seems unlikely in the near future!

To Read the Previous Exchanges Please Click the Links Below 

Steve's Original Article 

Shawn's Response 

Steve's Response to Shawn

I would like to use this post to explain in detail the HNLP Meta Pattern, which Steve takes some...

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How to Save the Swish: A Thoughtful Response to Steve Andreas

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2016

NLP in a State of Change

By Shawn Carson

In this article we will comment on a blog post by Steve Andreas, entitled ‘How to Ruin the Swish Pattern: “Let me count the ways”’.

I believe the NLP and hypnosis community shares a common goal of 'raising the bar' in respect of change work and coaching, and healthy debate about NLP techniques, principles and the merits of different philosophical viewpoints supports this goal. No one can doubt the many contributions Steve Andreas has made to the field of NLP and it is with a due sense of the debt the NLP community owes to Steve that I respectfully disagree with some of the premises in Steve's blog post.

In his blog post Steve critiques (although it might be more accurate to say ‘criticizes’) various YouTube videos of the swish, including videos featuring Michael Carroll, Tony Robbins as well as yours truly.

Steve has two problems with the various swish techniques or variations he critiques:

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