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Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds

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What Is Clean Language? Clean Language was first developed in the 1980s and 90s by psychotherapist David Grove as he sought to find respectful and effective ways to work with trauma victims. The approach he devised was based on a new type of questioning (and listening) that was rooted in honoring the client's language rather than paraphrasing it, reserving advice rather th ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published October 24th 2008 by Crown House Publishing
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Bob Selden
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
“Clean” language, developed originally by David Grove, has been an interest of mine since I read “Metaphors in Mind” (Lawley and Tomkins). So, I was very interested to see the approach taken by Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees. I’m impressed by this book’s, simplicity and practicality. For the uninitiated or novice “clean” user, this book has some great application strategies, techniques and tips.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of “clean” questioning, it is a way of helping another person find
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Torben Rasmussen
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is a practical and straightforward introduction to the Clean Language technique. It makes clean language part of your toolbox in a very simple way. Step-by-step introduction to the technique, loads of examples and advice. Highly recommended.
The Lynchster
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not sure whether there is a specific use case for this book but I found the questioning techniques basic and some of the structures were quite ridiculous 'what kind of warmth is that warmth?' Sorry but not for me this one.
Diane Patterson
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hypnosis
Excellent resource for doing sessions with people to avoid using leading questions and find out what it is THEY mean when they use a metaphor (or simply describe anything). It seems so simple and yet it's immensely powerful in practice.
Snooze Taylor
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Straightforward approach to asking questions that are free of judgement or influence and which encourage people to speak openly. Really interesting insight to the use if metaphor in language.
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