REFRAMING: Neuro-linguistic Programming and the Transformation of Meaning
the art of linguistics (also refer NLP and Neuro linquistic Programming)
Reframing is the linguistic art of shifting meaning.
A linguistic art of reframing change.
Bandler and Grinder put their attention on using communication, verbal and non-verbal, to shift meaning in their client’s models of the world. An emphasis is on using language and language patterns. In this regard they succeed admirably. To grasp the concept more clearly put your mind to having the attitude of changing perspective although there is a great deal more to it than simply turning a statue.
An Important Step for NLP
I think it sometimes helps to think of Bandler and Grinder as intrepid explorers.
That is to say, much of the early development of NLP consisted of tracking known experts – Perls, Satir, Erickson, Korzybski, etc. – sifting through a wealth of information and finding those vital bits that provided the key to everything else.
In the case of reframing, this was already a well-established concept in certain circles when B&G started to develop NLP. The three founders of the Brief Therapy unit at Palo Alto (Watzlawick, Weakland and Fisch) had brought out “Change”, which also covers reframing in some detail, back in 1972, for example.
But the value of the B&G book is not to be measured by how well it tallies with earlier works. It’s importance lies, I suggest, in what it tells us about how NLP developed as it did.
As you can see from earler reviews, the idea of “parts” (partly! derived from Virginia Satir’s “parts parties”) is not to everyone’s taste.
Joseph Riggio, a well respected NLP trainer, suggests that this approach can produce “fractionation and fragmentation”. Yet there are lots of people who find that dealing with “parts” fits very well with their view of the world. And after all, NLP is first and foremost about what works *for you*.
Over the last few years it has become clear that there is no such thing as “bog standard NLP”. Everyone who gets involved will have their own ideas, views, techniques and methods.
My advice would be that this book is just one of several key texts that trace the history of NLP. Whether or not, in the end, you decide that the ideas herein are suitable for you, I think this book will inevitably help you to gain a greater understanding of what lies at the heart of NLP.
Further Reading Resources on Reframing