Stop smoking and lose weight Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Oakland, East Bay, Berkeley, Richmond Jan Saeger: smoking cessation, weight control, San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay
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Research: new developments in NLP

Current research

I'm currently co-leading a study of reading skills to help people with dyslexia and other reading problems. We need volunteers who are good readers, as well as those who aren't. Get details, volunteer.

Better ways to help you change

I use methods from NLP, hypnosis, and several other fields to help people get the results they want. To meet my standards, techniques must

  • Work quickly and effectively
  • Create permanent benefit
  • Work automatically, so people just naturally think, feel, and behave the ways they want to, rather than having to struggle, effort, or use willpower to make or maintain changes

Why develop new NLP?

NLP is the most powerful personal development and performance enhancement technology we know of. But even after advanced NLP training, I wanted more. I wanted better ways to help people do fast, systemic, whole-life transformation. I wanted better models (maps) to guide me in doing large-scale change, and better processes for achieving it.

I noticed that

  • Though it usually works extremely well, NLP sometimes fails. I want to understand why so we can create consistent success.
  • When a person has lots of problems at lots of levels (or lots of blocks to getting the positive changes they want), dealing with them one by one takes more time and work than I like. I want ways to create very rapid systemic change.
  • While some people do systemic NLP very skillfully, NLP is generally not taught systemically. Practitioners end up with a "bag of tricks." I want better models to guide us in doing large-scale change, and better processes for achieving it.
  • NLP has an abundance of techniques for how to do things, and people continually develop more. I want better maps of what to do, maps that are more holistic and systemic.
  • Rather than solving problems (the focus of much NLP), I prefer to create generative change that transforms the whole person or system.

My NLP development process

My development work dances between

  • Creating better maps: What's there? How do people organize themselves internally? What structures and processes underlie people's observable behaviors and experiences? This process of finding out precisely how people do things is called modeling.
  • Theoretical work: I use the data I've collected to construct theoretical models of how internal processes work and relate to each other. These models suggest avenues of exploration — what else people might do internally, and what interventions might work to produce which effects.
  • Developing applications: These range from new NLP processes to better ways to figure out a person's internal structure, and better models for determining how to intervene effectively.

Each part of the process tests and gets tested by the others. Do the maps lead to useful theories and processes that work? Do the theories correctly predict what I'll discover when I explore people's internal experience, and help me develop processes that work? Do the results of the processes I develop match my theories and the data I collected earlier?

NLP developments

You'll find reports of several new processes and models that my research partner and I developed on the articles page. Our developments include:

  • Installing parts ecologically.
  • Better models of congruence and incongruence, a fundamental distinction of NLP, and how we can utilize them more effectively when doing interventions. Congruity forms a vital part of personality development and structure, which we are also exploring in detail.
  • Bringing distinctions and processes from other fields to NLP:
  • Distinctions between people's maps of Self and World. This has proved one of our most fruitful areas of exploration and development.
  • Recoding early experiences so we gain access to full adult resources and brain architecture.
  • Modeling synchronicity. How do people create synchronistic events? We found a consistent pattern.

Cutting edge NLP: areas of exploration and modeling

  • Kinesthetic modality systems: My colleagues and I distinguish several distinct systems that most NLPers lump together as "kinesthetics." This has proved fruitful in creating and fine-tuning interventions.
  • Distinctions between volitional processes (what we call active mind) and automatic processes (which we call reflexive mind). These relate in interesting ways to conscious and unconscious minds, hemispheric dominance, and Self and World models.
  • Distinctions between real and unreal in active and reflexive mind. For instance, metaphors seem to work by supplying active mind with content it codes as unreal, while supplying reflexive mind with relationships and meanings it processes as if real.
  • Longevity: how much can NLP influence heath?
  • Sense of self: how do memories of your child self seem like they belong to you ("Yes, that's me"), no matter how much you have changed?
  • Self, Others, and World models seem to be fairly distinct. Issues that seem to be in one model (such as Self) are often caused by issues in another part of it (such as World model).
  • Elicitation: better ways of getting states, accessing resources, finding what's running "under the hood" that actually determines people's behaviors and experiences, getting direct access to the most fundamental building blocks of personality structure and World model.
  • Developing a whole-system model of people that allows us to find and access the most significant points to do powerful systemic change work.
  • Adapting NLP interventions to groups with fellow NLPer Roy Doughty.

Please join me

If any of this interests you, I invite you to work with me as a modeling partners. Volunteer as an explorer for:

  • Eliciting basic structures of personality, including maps of Self and World.
  • Testing elicitations and intervention for gaining access to and affecting World model, which usually runs automatically and almost entirely outside conscious awareness. My colleagues and I have developed some very powerful and effective processes which I am fine-tuning.

Expect to

  • Discover surprising things about yourself that you didn't learn even in advanced NLP training
  • Have fun and laugh a lot
  • Benefit from advanced processes and interventions

To learn more or volunteer, call Jan "yon" Saeger at (510) 290-8641


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