Every person's map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint.There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way... So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be.
Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.
Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.
You can't effect the cards that you are dealt, but you can determine how you play them.
Allow yourself to see what you don’t allow yourself to see.
Patients are patients because they are out of rapport with their own unconscious... Patients are people who have had too much programming - so much outside programming that they have lost touch with their inner selves.
Life isn't something you can give an answer to today. You should enjoy the process of waiting, the process of becoming what you are. There is nothing more delightful than planting flower seeds and not knowing what kind of flowers are going to come up.
The unconscious mind is decidedly simple, unaffected, straightforward and honest. It hasn't got all of this facade, this veneer of what we call adult culture. It's rather simple, rather childish It is direct and free.
Until you are willing to be confused about what you already know, what you know will never grow bigger, better, or more useful.
You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn.
A goal without a date is just a dream.
Enlightenment is always preceded by confusion.
Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual's needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.
People do not come into therapy to change their past but their future.
The unconscious mind works without your knowledge and that is the way it prefers.
You see, we don't know what our goals are. We learn our goals only in the process of getting there You don't know what the baby is going to become. Therefore, you wait and take good care of it until it becomes what it will.
People who accomplish a great many things are people who have freed themselves from biases. These are the creative people.
Trance is a natural everyday experience.
Don't ask why the patient is the way he is, ask for what he would change.
I am very confident. I look confident. I act confident. I speak in a confident way...
The most important thing in changing human behavior is the person's motivation.
I have no intention of dying. In fact, it will be the last thing I do!
You don't take insults. You leave them with the insulter.
The Structure of Magic I by Richard Bandler and John Grinder is a delightful simplification of the infinite complexities of the language I use with patients. In reading this book, I learned a great deal about the things that I've done without knowing about them.
How many of us really appreciate the childishness of the unconscious mind?
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