I think it is down to lack of acuity on the behalf of a lot of NLP people that they are willing to ride roughshod over people’s realities. I actually used to think it was an ‘attitude’ thing with NLP people, the ‘I know best, I’ve spent a whole 10 days training to be a master practitioner’ folly. OK, so I’ve been there and done that which is how I know what I’m talking about… But I also think it is sad when I observe people who are working as ‘therapists’ of whatever variety, particularly when they are selling themselves as ‘qualified’ and ‘expert’ and ‘highly trained’ when they are clumsily violating their clients reality.
For me the big wake up was when I attended a workshop with David Grove, probably about 7 or 8 years ago, and I remember thinking watching the demo he was doing, why hasn’t he referenced this REALLY obvious thing the client has just done, he’s just continuing to work and ignoring the really obvious stuff. It was only a couple of hours later when other information became apparent and the client had an extraordinarily more ecological and better for them resolution than I would have ever thought possible. That I got there was a big difference between someone who is a master in what they do and a neophyte.
Referencing Joseph’s post on Trajectories, I’ve utilised a clients timescape by noting the repeated visual references they make (looking for a pattern) and have referenced that in a variety of ways, most usually also by visual access and analogue mark. And yes this does produce an altered state result. I also notice how much clients access, more than I can currently track, so mostly I’m just looking for patterns. If I may ask is anyone else thinking in terms of, or using timescapes… and Joseph any more you would like to say on the subject would be more than interesting.