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How to do a Modelling Project - Section 9


Most NLP books are about the results of modelling projects, not about the modelling process itself. For example, the first five (pre-NLP) books by John Grinder, Richard Bandler and others were the product of their modelling. You have to read between the lines to infer the process of modelling they used.

Richard Bandler & John Grinder, The Structure of Magic vol. I, (Science and Behaviour Books, 1975)

Richard Bandler & John Grinder, Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume 1, (Meta Publications, Cupertino, CA, 1975)

John Grinder & Richard Bandler, The Structure of Magic vol. II (Science and Behaviour Books, 1976)

Richard Bandler, John Grinder & Virginia Satir, Changing with Families (Science and Behaviour Books, 1976)

John Grinder, Judith DeLozier & Richard Bandler, Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Volume 2 (Meta Publications, 1977)

For more information on modelling you can consult (listed in approximate chronological order):

The original and highly technical work on eliciting, designing, utilising and installing strategies is by Robert Dilts, John Grinder, Richard Bandler & Judith DeLozier, Neuro Linguistic Programming Vol 1: The Study of the Structure of Subjective Experience (Meta Publications, 1980).

Leslie Cameron-Bandler, David Gordon & Michael Lebeau wrote The Emprint Method: A Guide to Reproducing Competence in order "to provide you with tools that will enable you to identify and acquire (or transfer to others) desirable human aptitudes."  Although David Gordon now says it is really about modelling emotional competence. (Real People Press, 1985)

Judith DeLozier & John Grinder's account of modelling of people who have completed interesting modelling projects can be found in Turtles All The Way Down (Grinder, DeLozier & Associates, 1987).

Also see her article 'Mastery, New Coding, and Systemic NLP' in NLP World (Vol. 2 No. 1, March 1995) which has a brief description of a "not knowing" state that is excellent for "intuitive modelling".  

Steve & Connirae Andreas have published numerous books on the results of their modelling including: Change Your Mind - And Keep The Change (Real People Press, 1987), Heart Of The Mind (Real People Press, 1989). See also Steve Andreas' article, Modeling With NLP (1999).

For a short and simple introduction to strategy elicitation, see chapter 4 of Charlotte Bretto's, A Framework for Excellence (Grinder, DeLozier & Associates, 1988).

Charlotte Bretto Millner, John Grinder and Sylvia Topel edited an excellent book Leaves Before the Wind: Leading Edge Applications of NLP (Metamorphous Press, 1991/1994) includes the results of some fascinating modelling projects.

Anthony Robbins has a very readable couple of chapters on modelling strategies in Unlimited Power (Simon & Schuster, 1988).

Joseph O'Connor & Brian Van der Horst aimed to update the strategies model in a three-part Anchor Point article, Neural Networks and NLP Strategies (1994)

Robert Dilts & Todd Epstein's Tools For Dreamers is packed with micro and macro processes for modelling with lots of examples of strategies for creativity (Meta Publications, 1991).

Robert Dilts' three volumes, Strategies of Genius Volumes I, II & III are the definitive work on "conceptual modelling", especially when your exemplar is an historic figure. (Meta Publications, 1994/1995)

Robert Dilts, Modelling with NLP, provides an in-depth look at the modelling process and its applications (Meta Publications, 1998). For a short article see his Overview of Modeling in NLP (1998).

David Gordon has reissued his Modelling With NLP: An Introduction To Effective Modelling as a set of 4 CDs (NLP Comprehensive 1998/2004)

Michael Hall has reissued Going Meta: Advanced Modelling Using Meta-Levels (1997/2001)

Charles Faulkner & Cathryn Modrall’s article Modelling an Expert; The missing piece in Knowledge Management (1998)

Wyatt Woodsmall. The Science of Advanced Behavioral Modeling Advanced. (Next Step Press, 1998) and a set of 16 DVDs recorded at a 2003 training

Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier Encyclopaedia of NLP provides a description of many of the concepts and practices associated with modelling (NLP University Press, 2000).

James Lawley and Penny Tompkins detail a new form of modelling derived from their study of David Grove in Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling (Developing Company Press, 2000).

Their website contains numerous articles on modelling: including an extensive report with video clips of Modelling Robert Dilts Modelling (2010).

John Grinder & Carmen Bostic St Clair, Whispering in the Wind (J & C Enterprises, CA, 2001) Also see some short videos of John talking about modelling:

On Modelling (2008) and More about Modelling (2008)
Unconscious Assimilation (2010)
The Know Nothing State (2011)
5 Steps to Modelling Geniuses (2012)

John McWhirter article 'Re-modelling NLP: Part Fourteen: Re-Modelling Modelling' (Rapport 59, 2002)

David Gordon & Graham Dawes have written Expanding Your World: Modeling the Structure of Experience (2005) with a DVD which provides an excellent introduction to modelling using their "experiential array". There is also a wealth of information at:

Lukas Derks used "population modelling" to discover how we structure our inner social landscapes: Social Panoramas: Changing the Unconscious Landscape with NLP and Psychotherapy (Crown House, 2005). And see his article Modelling as a misleading ideology in NLP (2006).

Steve Andreas has modelled how "scope and category" creates meaning Six Blind Elephants Vols 1 and 2 (Real People Press, 2006).

He has also written an article, Modeling with NLP (Rapport 46 Winter 1999), and a couple of articles in response to John Grinder & Carmen Bostic St Clair's comments about NLP modelling: The Emperor's New Prose (The Model Magazine, Summer 2006) and Modeling Modeling, 2006.

John Grinder & Frank Pucelik (Editors) Origins Of Neuro Linguistic Programming (Crown House, 2013). If you read between the lines you can discern much on how the original modelling gave rise to NLP in the early 1970's.

Fran Burgess has made a mammoth contribution to the field by publishing The Bumper Bundle Book of Modelling (2014) and it's sister, The Bumper Bundle Companion Workbook (2014) They are the result of 15 years observing many leading modellers first-hand. It is the first publication which provides an extensive compilation and comparison of a number of modelling methodologies used in NLP.

Penny Tompkins & James Lawley
Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – first registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. James has also written (with Marian Way) the first book dedicated to Clean Space: Insights in Space. Between them Penny and James have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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