Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ERIC BARTELS ? Blog Archive ? NLP: Machine Guns for ...

Posted: March 20th, 2012 | Author: Eric Bartels | Filed under: Stories | No Comments ?

The last couple of month I wrote a couple of Facebook entries about neuro linguistic programmering (NLP) here in the Netherlands. I am a trained NLP practioner, master en trainer myself, but increasingly I get an uneasy feeling about the way NLP is used and exploited here in the Netherlands. I read stories written by well known Dutch NLP trainers that not only lack intellectual coherency and congruency, but also show a shocking manipulation of others and a strong abuse of power. Furthermore, instead of treating NLP as a flexible toolbox, these trainers turn NLP into a church with rituals and different schools that discredit each other. These observations have made me realize that there is a fundamentally wrong assumption behind NLP. Let me explain.

Grinder and Bandler were both part of the counterculture in California in the sixties and seventies of the last century. This counterculture arose on both sides of the ocean, but was particular strong in the US due to the Vietnam war. This caused a strong antiestablishment sentiment in the US, that was strongest in California. Grinder and Bandler, but also Steve Jobs of Apple, were part of that culture. It made Steve grow a computer company to break the power of the IBM?s of this world and Grinder and Bandler to suck the genius out of three psychoanalysts to break the power of the psychoanalytical establishment. They called it NLP.

The NLP movement was based on the assumption that the world would be a better place of we could disconnect the skillset from the person, thus enabling every human being to become his or her own psychotherapist. And that is exactly what Grinder and Bandler did: they modelled the psychoanalytical genius in a toolbox so any human being can learn that in 2 times 11 days (NLP practitioner and NLP master practitioner).

There is a strong belief behind that thinking that nobody ever addresses.

The belief is that a human being is a set of skills sets. So if you isolate a certain skill set from a person and teach it to somebody else, the somebody else has the same qualifications as the original person. I think that assumption is simply wrong. To address that, I wrote in an article on a NLP forum that ?..NLP is great and powerful, but it is also like giving a box of machine guns to an bunch of fucking chimpanzees..?

To make it more practical, I believe that Milton Erickson was not only a great hypnotist because of the specific skill sets Grinder and Bandler distilled from Erickson, but because of something else. And that something else is ?intention? or the ?why? of behaviour. In the western world, thanks to theologian William of Ockam, philosopher Rene Descartes and biologist Charles Darwin, we have removed the why from our world. If you want a why, go to a church or believe in God. Without God, no why. So evolution is just an accident and life is only direct experience. Enjoy it, but don?t try to make any sense of it as it is senseless.

With his ?final cause? Greek philosopher Aristotle developed a framework in which why exists without a God. I think he is right and will be proven right. I have already written about that in other articles, so I will leave it here.

NLP is a toolbox that operates within the ?no-why? framework of Ockam-Descartes-Darwin: it works on the ?how? and ?what? in relationship with the ?where? (context). But it denies the why. Last week a NLP trainer visited me. He had done any NLP and hypnosis training you can ever imagine. But he was depressed and wanted me to help him. What he said did not surprise me: ?Eric, I know all this stuff, I can cure phobias and other stuff, hell, I have even left my family as they didn?t want me to do this kind of work, but?I still don?t know who I am and why I am here?? Now, of course, this is one person, but he is not the only one telling me this. Now we can tell these people that why is an illusion and they should stop looking, but to them it is real.

But this is not the most prominent point I would like to make.

The most prominent point I would like to make is that if there is no why, there also is no such thing as ethics and morality. There are only rules to govern our whyless how-what-where drive to survive and satisfy our egotistical needs. But that is not the same as ethics and morality, although often mistaken for it. Ethics and morality transcend egotistical need-satisfaction. They stretch out to the greater whole, the larger system. Throwing your garbage out of the car while driving serves your egotistical needs and is therefore in a whyless universe acceptable until a formal law says otherwise. In a why-universe it is not acceptable as it disturbs the larger context. Ethical and moral behaviour takes the larger context in consideration as every (organic) system plays a (why-)role in the grand scheme of things.

In a whyless universe we can take a skill set from person A, put it in person B and person B will then behave like person A. In a why-universe this is impossible as the intention or why of person A and person B differ and these system-intentions are not replicable. If you want to perform hypnosis like Milton Erickson does, you can learn and integrate his skill sets, but not his system-intention (the intention, why or motive of the system). System intentions are personal, already there and can be activated, but cannot be replicated.

The behavior of people is why (motive/intention) plus how (skillsets) plus what (behavior) plus where (context), as I try to explain in my books.

We in the West, especially in the US, believe we can export democracy. We really believe if people in Uganda of Afghanistan get free elections, their society will turn into a flourishing democracy and their civilians will turn into freedom-loving democrats. That is the same mistake in thinking that is used in NLP. It just doesn?t work that way. If human beings don?t have the right intention (why) with the accompanying ethics and morality, democracy for them will not work. They need an evolutionary development of the why to be able to live like a democrat.

That is why I wrote??..NLP is great and powerful, but it is also like giving a box of machine guns to an bunch of fucking chimpanzees..?. If you give machine-guns to biological entities that don?t have the sufficient developed intention, ethics and mortality, they will misuse it , manipulate and destroy. The same happens, in my observation, with NLP. Any idiot can follow a NLP training, regardless of his or her intention.

And I have met a lot of these idiots.

People who were computer-programmer, plumber, accountant, salesperson or florist, all turned into NLP coaches and trainers. People who were completely fucked up themselves, depressed, living on the streets, high on cocaine, booze,?all turned into NLP coaches and trainers.?Now I will not say these people cannot be great therapists of change agents, they can of course, but my point is there is no supervision, there is no emphasis on a certain intention. I must say I sometimes pity all the patients treated by these so called NLP coaches.

I have read entries on Facebook by NLP trainers, some of them locally famous and with large NLP institutions, that not only lack the intellectual capacity to form one intelligent and coherent sentence, but also show a scary use of manipulation and power. I must admit though, that most of these idiots are Bandler trained trainers. And this doesn?t surprise me as Bandlers work is much more based on manipulation (hypnosis) than Grinders work, who focusses more on states and self-help application of NLP.

NLP is part of a much larger crisis in the Western world that is in reality a transition from a typical how-driven survival-of-the-fittest industrial world to a why-driven world of meaning and purpose. NLP is a nice set of tools to be used by people with the right intention, ethics and morality within a larger why-framework dedicated to help people and companies find and activate their true why and grow that into a congruent and healthy existence.

Precisely what I try to achieve with The Plan Principle.


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

North Korea vows satellite launch, with rocket that could reach Hawaii

North Korea says it wants to peacefully use space. Analysts say the regime wants to test a missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the US.

North Korea vowed today to launch a satellite from a long-range missile despite the protests of what it called ?hostile forces? including the US, Japan, and South Korea.

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The North?s determination to go ahead with the launch around the time of the April 15 centennial?of the birth of founding leader Kim Il-sung most likely sets the course for another cycle of international recriminations while the North refuses to talk seriously about giving up its nuclear program.

North Korea defended its defiance of demands by the US and others to cancel the launch as exercise of its ?right to use space for peaceful purposes.?? As explained by Pyongyang?s Korean Central News Agency, ?The satellite ?launch for scientific researches?.can by no means be a monopoly of specified countries.?

Officials and analysts alike, however, strongly doubt if the North?s goal is to launch a satellite. The obvious purpose, they say, is for North Korea to test the latest version of a missile with a range that could deliver a small nuclear warhead as far as Hawaii, Alaska ? or even the US west coast.

?We all know their purpose is to have missiles,? says Choi Jin-wook, long-time North Korea expert at the Korea Institute for National Unification. ?I?m not sure they if they can put a satellite into orbit.?

If anything seems certain, however, it is that the launch will undermine the stalled six-party talks on reaching a deal for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The talks, chaired by China, including envoys from the US, Japan, Russia, and North and South Korea, were last held in Beijing in December 2008.

Hopes were high for resumption of the talks after US and North Korean envoys, meeting in Beijing, reached agreement on February 29 for North Korea to abide by a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests. North Korea last test-fired a long-range missile in April 2009 and conducted its second underground nuclear test the next month.

North Korea?s announcement on Friday, however, set off alarm bells from Washington to Tokyo and the capitals of Europe. China, North Korea?s sole ally, the source of almost all its oil and much of its food and other supplies, expressed concern while Russia warned against a launch.

North Korea in its statement today did not mention the comments from Beijing and Moscow while going to considerable lengths to describe its plan as ?a precious result of scientific researches conducted by scientists and technicians.? The mission, said the report on the Korean Central News Agency, is ?to develop and utilize working satellites indispensable for the country's economic development, pursuant to the government's policy for the peaceful development and use of space.?

The report backed up that statement by claiming to have ?strictly abided by relevant international regulations and practice? in launching two other ?space stations.? In fact, US scientists say the North failed to put satellites into orbit in two previous long-range missile launches ? and even question whether satellites were attached to the missiles, which fell into the Pacific Ocean.

Nonetheless, Choi Jin-wook believes North Korea will admit inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency for the first time in three years, as promised on February 29. He predicts US and North Korean officials will go into more talks before the US begins sending 240,000 tons of food aid, also as agreed on.

?North Korea might be in big trouble after the missile test,? says Choi, ?but we all know Washington cannot do much as long as China is behind them.??


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Catholic Church spokesman says Cuban police have removed 13 dissidents from church in Havana

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sustain nutrition in your body to get through brain cancer

Cancer treatments are always tide up with the heavy medicines which many a times have bad effects on body. You can decrease these side effects by having the proper food. Healthy food gives you proper nutrition which boosts body?s health and gives you more strength to fight with the cancer. In brain cancer there is a lot of chances to lose your hunger feeling as treatment of the brain cancer includes radiation and many injections which causes body loose the hunger feeling. Food which contains lots of nutrition also helps to recover faster hence, consult your nutrition and doctor and have proper food if you going through the brain cancer disease.

Treat you brain cancer by having proper food:

The one who is suffering through brain cancer have to undergo from the long treatments such as he/she has to take radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and some heavy doses of the medicines those which are prescribed by the doctor. This all makes the human being immune for the hunger feeling. This side effect of these therapies causes man to suffer from hazardous weakness and the treatment works slowly. Nutritious food makes it easy for the one who is suffering from the brain cancer. It is said that patient needs more proteins to recover fast from the cancer. Hence, consult your doctor and health provider for best diet program and make healing faster.

Eat healthy to maintain the health:

When your body is suffering from the cancer it continuously fighting for the strength that has been lost for, while you taking those treatments. It also keeps trying to make the effects faster of those therapies.

Healthy food provides proteins to the body which are need to rebuild the tissues which have become less due to disease. Your body needs all the healthy nutrients which built and maintains the strength of body. So that, your body will get recovered soon and will help you to achieve strength to fight with disease. Hence, keep eating the food which is rich in proteins, beta-carotene, vitamin C, selenium, vitamin E, and eciosapentaenoicd acid. These all contain in carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, fruits and fish. Hence, increase intake of these food items.

Consider this:

Many therapies of cancer include radiation and chemotherapy which causes you loss of hunger feeling and that makes eating food painful, many a times people feel nausea towards food; but these are side effects of treatments. Therefore, if you could not eat food your therapy won?t work properly and you even won?t get the proper strength to handle heavy effects of these therapies on the body. Hence, if you couldn?t eat meals at a time, divide your meals in small-small meals and have food include most of those food which are mention in previous point.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SEC spring football analysis: A different kind of March Madness

Amid the flash and fanfare that is the start of the NCAA tournament, March?s other madness is shifting into full gear this week.

Football teams around the new-14 team SEC are gearing up for the annual rite of spring practice, a 15-day marathon that ends with widely attended spring games watched closely by fans for a hint of hope to come in the fall.

LSU, Alabama and Missouri already have gotten an early start to spring practice, and four more -- South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida and Vanderbilt -- get under way this week.

Auburn and Georgia will wait until their football players get back from this week?s spring break to finally hit the practice field, but both teams are scheduled to start next week.

No matter what time a team starts, every SEC team has questions it has to answer and weak spots to address before the summer starts the long, slow road back to fall Saturdays and the pursuit of a championship.

With that in mind, the Ledger-Enquirer has analyzed the goals, strengths and weaknesses of all 14 teams as spring practice begins.

After all, when spring practice starts, the spring game -- and the first glimpse of the 2012 season -- is not far behind.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Scoop Business ? What's Your Vision for Porirua's Recreation and ...

Press Release ? Porirua City Council

Porirua City Council wants to hear your views on the newly launched draft Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2012-2022. The strategy sets a vision and a framework for managing the city?s parks, play areas, swimming pools, sports grounds and harbour.7 March 2012

What?s Your Vision for Porirua?s Recreation and Open Spaces?

Porirua City Council wants to hear your views on the newly launched draft Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2012-2022.

The strategy sets a vision and a framework for managing the city?s parks, play areas, swimming pools, sports grounds and harbour. It makes use of community consultation and surveys carried out over the past two years.

The draft vision is: People are inspired by and energised to participate in the richness and diversity of Porirua?s parks and places.

The strategy also sets two clear goals for the future management of Porirua?s recreation and open spaces:
? Our public open spaces are healthy, well-maintained, connected and enjoyed.
? People have safe and easy access to great places and activities for recreation and sport.

Do you agree?

?Our aim with this strategy is to significantly enhance the experience of Porirua?s natural environment and recreation spaces to residents and visitors ? along with developing and preserving it for generations to come,? says Councillor Sue Dow who heads the Council?s infrastructure and environment portfolio.

?Porirua City?s defining feature is its superb harbour and natural landscape. We are also privileged to live in a city with wonderful parks and sports facilities. This draft strategy gives us an opportunity to think carefully about how we want those assets managed and developed in the coming years.?

I encourage everyone to consider and comment on the proposed strategy and action plan,? says Councillor Sue Dow.

Submissions on the draft strategy close on 13 April 2012.

Copies of the draft strategy and submission forms can be viewed and downloaded on the Council website (keyword search: ROSS).

They are also available at the Council offices in Cobham Court and at Porirua City Libraries.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Which is the right bird for me? - Pet care and feed

So I?m about to move house into a place that doesn?t allow pets (ie cats and dogs) resulting in me having to leave my 2 dogs to go live with my parents. I spoke to the landlord and they are okay with me having a bird provided it is kept caged at all times..(but what they don?t know won?t hurt them)
I?m looking for a bird that is okay to be left alone, in a cage while I go to work and sleep but when I am at home will appreciate coming out of the cage and spending some time with me around my house and enjoys, for lack of a better term, a cuddle.
A bird that isn?t high maintenance but I?m totally prepared to share my daily fresh fruits and veg?s if it means it will be healthier and happier and I don?t mind keeping them groomed.
Also a bird that can be loud at times but 98% of the time is considerable quiet.

I?d rather a bird that likes human interaction, I?m not phased if it?s one of those "talking birds" I?m just in it for the bond and company.
Any suggestions??

I am also prepared to take the time of raising a bird from young if that is what it takes to get the bond

I don?t suggest you getting a bird to raise from young (a) you have work (b) you are risking killing it. Birds that like human interaction will usually be a high maintenance bird.

One of these birds will make a perfect pet for you:

Budgerigar (Budgie aka Common Parakeet or Shell Parakeet)

One of the most commonly kept pet bird in the United States, budgerigars are chatterboxes that love to play and hop around on their playgyms and sometimes their owners. This pet bird is active and curious, and will use all the cage room an owner can provide for it. A larger cage is ideal for these parrots. The term American budgie is used when comparing budgies to the English budgie, which is a budgie that is bred for the show bench. It is a much bigger budgie with a larger head than the American budgie. American budgie and English budgie are not scientific classifications or formal names, just general terms used in the pet industry. A mutation, such as color or pattern, occurs naturally. However, bird breeders can breed for certain traits, and they have been breeding for different color mutations in budgies since the 1870s. The first color mutation recorded breeding was in Germany of a black-eyed yellow mutation budgie. There are two basic colors in budgies: green and blue. All color mutations come from a dominant gene modifying these colors and expressing them in different shadings. Common color mutations are: sky blue, albino, olive, cobalt, mauve, violet, dark green cobalt, yellowface, greywing, cinnamon. Common patterns are spangle, pied, opaline, lacewing, spangle, mottled. There is also the crested and buff.

Bourke?s Parakeet:

Bourke?s parakeets are friendly and smart. They can make wonderful pets if hand-fed because hand-fed birds are less flighty than those that are parent-raised. Unlike other Australian parrots, such as the cockatiel or budgie, the Bourke?s parakeet is not as active. Bourke?s parakeets are more mellow at dawn and dusk when they make their twittering sounds.

Pacific Parrotlet (many other species but Pacific are the most common)

Consider the most popular of the parrotlet species, the Pacific parrotlet is full of energy and enjoys being included in family activities. Similar in personality to Amazon parrots, pacific parrotlets are intelligent and affectionate pet birds. Active Pacific parrotlets like to swing and play with toys. They also require a cage large enough to accommodate their activities. They can also be aggressive, but they can be properly trained and easily managed compared to larger parrots.

Lineolated Parakeet

Lineolated parakeets tend to be on the quiet side, chattering rather than screeching, and they are very good talkers. They have entertaining personalities and will often hang upside down from their perches for fun and/or for a misting bath. They tend to bond very tightly to their owner and can be defensive of this person as well. Their beautiful color varieties are another reason for their popularity as pets.

Lovebird (Peach-faced)

The popular peach-faced lovebird is small in size but big in personality. They enjoy interacting with their owners and love playing with new toys as well. Peach-faced lovebirds will often weave nesting material in the cage bars. Peach-faced lovebirds remain active and you won?t usually find them sitting still unless it is to eat, drink or sleep. This pet bird wants to be at the top of the ladder and will go after anything it thinks it can conquer, including larger birds. Peach-faced lovebirds like to turn any activity into a game, and they stay active much of the time, but when the time comes to settle down and rest, they enjoy snuggling with their owners.

Princess of Wales Parakeet

Popular as an aviary bird, the Princess of Wales parakeet also makes a gentle and quiet pet. These pet birds are easygoing, making them prime candidates for housing in an aviary with other birds. The Princess of Wales parakeet is known to be a fearless bird, even in the wild. Owners of the Princess of Wales parakeet quickly become fans of the bird because of its pastel colors and their faithful nature.

Join forums, go to places with birds and in a few months, you?ll know what bird you will buy/adopt.

I dont think canary would be suitable. My Mum has one and it doesnt stop singing. Its nice but after a while it gets on my nerves. I think a budgie would be better as they are very low maintenance, can come out of their cages and play, can be left for hours (if they have toys to play with) and are just lovely little pets.

Birds and quiet do not mix.

Canaries and Finches better for you


Pigeon or Canary would be great for you

i would suggest a cockatiel or a lovebird. cockatiels love to give kisses and be scratched on the neck they love to ride around on your shoulder but don?t mind being in a big enough cage for the day, hanging out with you in the evening and then sleeping in their cage at night. lovebirds are also a good choice, they do tend to make a bit more of a mess, they love to getinto everything you?re into and tend to shred paper like you would not believe.


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