Unleashing Your Real Self

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

One of the perennial questions of philosophy and psychology (as well as theology and perhaps some other disciplines) is that of the self. This is also a major concern for Self-Actualization Psychology. After all, it is the self that we seek to actualize, make real, and unleash for its full potentials.

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Blind Elephants Confusion:

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

What Steve Andreas doesn’t seem to understand is that when it comes to human thinking-and-feeling as a dynamic, non-linear system, we do not follow the rules of Socrates and Aristotle’s rules of logic as we create our mental categories. Instead, as Alfred Korzybski noted, we are not logical, nor even psychological, but psycho-logical beings. When it comes to the way we categorize things, since categories and categorization is the central subject of his book, in human experiencing and meaning-making through thinking-and-feeling, we can categorize just about anything as a member of any category.

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When Blind Elephants Meta-State:

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

If Andreas had done his homework in studying the Meta-States Model, he would have known that we define a meta-state as an “attitude” and that, as such, it sets an evaluative frame at a higher level so that we redirect our focus. He would know that I have often described a meta-state as a shift to a more specific logical level, a higher concept or category.

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Cartoon Violence

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. Cartoon violence —talk about an oxymoron! Violence over cartoons! Aren’t we getting a little too serious? Violence and riots and even death over sketches! Sketches —maps about a territory and not the territory. Yet that’s what has been dominating so much of the news in the first two weeks of February (2006). When I first heard about the cartoons of the prophet Mohammad which portrayed him as a terrorist and some of the uproar about it from those who didn’t like it, I remembered that there had been controversy over some insulting and degrading images of the virgin Mary and images of the Cross a few years back. But hardly riots and certainly nobody died because of it.

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Enhancing Intelligence

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. It is no secret that teachers, educators, knowledge workers, and business experts who know that to keep up with the acceleration of change they have to create learning organizations and themselves stay on the cutting-edge of information have long been using both NLP and Neuro-Semantics. In the field of NLP there are many, many books, articles, and trainings that apply the NLP model to learning.

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Ten Years of Meta-Stating

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.
It all began in September of 1994 during a presentation on Resilience at the NLP Comprehensive Conference in Denver, Colorado. While working with a participate in the front of the room, interviewing and modeling his strategy for handling “a living hell” that he had been through and had come back from, the idea of meta-states hit me like an Aha! moment.

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The Step Back – Neuro-Semantics Ecstasy

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.
Imagine your face pressed so tightly against a wall that your lips are kissing it. Yuck. Not only does it taste bad, but you can’t see much, can you? What building is this anyway? Is it an office building, a sky scraper, your home, a wall around a garden? When you’re that close you can’t tell. To find out, take a step back. So, it’s an office building.

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The Power that Drives “Modal Operators” Meta-States

Bobby G. Bodenhamer, D.Min.
During my early NLP training, I realized the awesome power of the language pattern that we call Modal Operators and how they affect our perception and behavior. Indeed, in the development of our beliefs, these Modal Operators formulate the very maps we use to navigate the territory. They do that by determining the “boundaries” of our belief systems.

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The “It’s All A Map” Game

L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.
There’s a dangerous game afoot that can undermine our growth, sanity, and resourcefulness¾it’s the “Experience is Real” Game. When you play that game, then your experiences control you¾they define you, determine you, and fate you. This undermines personal power and effectiveness. Our resourcefulness therefore depends upon learning how to refuse this game. Do you know how?

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