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Alcoholism can not be cured with a day of hypnosis.
on December 9, 2000
But this book implies that it can in the last chapter of the book. For shame on the authors for not revising this book to remove their discussion of alcoholism cures from the book.
This book presents a discussion of how meaning can be transformed through context and content reframing, and a terrible discussion of the appropriate applications of those techniques to curing alcoholism. I think the perceivable arrogance in the writing of Mr. Bandler and Mr. Grinder that shows through in the books they wrote together stems from their use of examples of their methods written into their books. They use examples as:
(a)representative examples of the efficiacy of their methods as used in that example instance.
(b)a description of the problem classes that their methods are meant to solve.
(c)a description of the client problem resolution tests used to check that a client's problem was actually solved.
In fact that is what a person reads whenever that reader finds an example of NLP application whose "implications" seem preposterous.
If abstinence from a drink in a bar is sufficient to stop an alcoholic from drinking, and NLP professionals should cure their alcoholic clients and then take them out for margarita's to see how their work worked, and then let their client pay them when that client doesn't drink with them at the margarita bar, then this book "Reframing" has helped staff the world of NLP professionals with incompetents, worse than just ignorant, but actually more likely to produce negative results than previously, when their own common sense would have prevented their educated and reprehensible behavior.
I doubt that either Mr. Grinder or Mr. Bandler would apply their methods in that way to produce therapists of the kind I described, but they could release another version of this horrible book to correct their error-filled use of examples of NLP applied to curing alcoholism.