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James Lawley

James LawleyJames Lawley offers psychotherapiy to individuals and couples, and coaching, research and consultancy to organisations. He is a co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author (with Penny Tompkins) of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling, (with Marian Way) Insights in Space: How to use Clean Space to solve problems, generate ideas and spark creativity and an Online training in Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. For a more detailed biography see about us and his blog.

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Citations and Research
A list of research academic and professional articles, papers, thesis and books that have made use of the ideas of David Grove.

When a Natural Energy Sparks a video clip
By James Lawley | Published 11 03 2009
Transcripts & Case Studies
A 10 minute video clip of a Symbolic Modelling session is used to illustrate: the use of the Clean Language of David Grove; working with client-generated metaphor; and facilitating the client to self-model.
The Original Ethos of NLP
By James Lawley | Published 08 12 2008
Introductory NLP
In the beginning was an ethos, a characteristic spirit of a community. Judith DeLozier says: "The discipline known as NLP began before it had a name with an interdisciplinary community of people. We were motivated by a shared curiosity about how we know, about how we learn, how we communicate, and how we change."
Joining Up the work of David Grove
This paper presents a model that ‘joins up’ the three main phases of David Grove's work. Rather than trying to integrate the phases into a single process I have maintained the individuality of each domain and language model. I used the metaphor of ‘join up’ because David was inspired by The Horse Whisper, Monty Roberts.
Black Swan Logic
By James Lawley | Published 05 04 2008
The Developing Group
A review of the ideas from The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb who asserts that "our world is dominated by the extreme, the unknown, and the very improbable — and all the while we spend our time engaged in small talk, focusing on the known, and the repeated. In spite of our progress and growth, the future will be increasingly less predictable, while both human nature and social 'science' seem to conspire to hide this idea from us."

Neurobiology of Space
By James Lawley | Published 04 08 2007
Clean Space , The Developing Group
"In all living creatures, from snails to people, knowledge of space is central to behavior. We live in it, move through it, explore it, defend it. Space is unlike other senses [because it] is not analyzed by a specialized sensory organ. The brain must combine inputs from several different sensory modalities and then generate a complete internal representation that does not depend exclusively on any one input. How, then, is space represented?" In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, Eric R. Kandel, Norton, 2007

Outcome Orientation
By James Lawley | Published 01 02 2007
Advanced NLP
Handouts for Northern School of NLP Diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy, Module 2, Feb 2007. Contents: 1. Outcome Orientation; 2. Roots of NLP; 3. Difference Engines; 4. Desired Outcomes as Creations; 5. When the Solution is the Problem; 6. Conscious Purpose.

When 'Where' Matters: How psychoactive space is created and utilised
'where' jigsawA joined-up model of how methodologies derived from the work of David Grove invoke the psychoactivity of spatial relations in therapeutic, as well as in other settings. Once a space becomes psychoactive a person is effectively 'living in their metaphor'. Then, when something changes in that perceptual space (often spontaneously), more of their mind-body is involved. This usually produces a more embodied and systemic change.
Thinking Networks I
By James Lawley | Published 05 06 2004
The Developing Group
Thinking Networks II
By James Lawley | Published 05 06 2004
The Developing Group , Clean Space
Our aim is "To get you to think networks. It is about how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve. ... Networks are present everywhere. All we need is an eye for them."
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Blogs by this Author
Published 24 12 2010
Where do good ideas come from? Not as we like to think, with a sudden flash of genius, says writer Steven Johnson. He tells the Guardian's excellent Oliver Burkeman that "Eureka moments are very, very...
Published 25 12 2010
Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University, writes on 'This Is Your Brain on Metaphors': [1] Consider an animal (including a human) that ha...
Published 26 12 2010
In the latest issue of Scientific American Mind, Siri Carpenter, PhD social psychology from Yale University, reviews the recent research into embodied cognition.[1] She writes:Why do we look up to th...
Published 28 12 2010
Aaron Mays describes a new study which concludes that weight-conscious individuals are likely to believe in "negative calories", i.e. they believe that adding a side salad to a cheeseburger will lower...
Published 27 12 2010
Following on from yesterdays' piece about 'Body of Thought: Fleeting sensations and body movements hold sway over what we feel and how we think' [1], Siri Carpenter says that many cognitive scientis...
Published 31 12 2010
Give yourself a New Year's gift.The idea for the following activity came from an article by Wray Herbert in Scientific American Mind. Herbert describes several pieces of research that demonstrate "t...
Published 10 01 2011
I was recently asked: Is Symbolic Modelling indicated for the following clients?:Clients who have a metaphor landscape that is too filled with self-destructive or violent material.Clients who are in r...
Published 09 01 2011
How do you work with someone who can identify metaphors for their desired outcomes and develop them in rich detail but later dismisses them as only fantasy?At one level, of course they are fantasies, ...
Published 02 01 2011
What approach would you take with a client who has "a deep fear of giving up my victim, for then, "Who would I be?" 'A victim' is a perspective on a situation which can develop into a perspective on...
Published 11 01 2011
I'm a great fan of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. For Taleb, a "Black Swan is an event, not an exception or a bird with feathers, but an event th...


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