My Top 10 NLP Books – Your Guide to Reading Up on Neuro-Linguistic Programming

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I am often asked by our students which NLP books I recommend for additional reading during our NLP Trainings and beyond. Below are my recommended top 10 NLP books to read, or at least have on your shelf for reference.

Next, let me say just how pathetic I believe the modern, digital selection of NLP books has become on Amazon. Reading through the top NLP books listed on Amazon, I have been floored at how inaccurate they are. With the ease of publishing in the digital age, anyone can slap together a book and sell it on Amazon. Many NLP so-called authors these days do not appear to understand even basic NLP concepts.

Being it’s hard to know which books are worth your money and your time, I’ve create this reliable list with books from some of the true veterans of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

What should you expect from good NLP books?

The Neuro-Linguistic Programming books on my My top 10 NLP books list have all met my requirements of:

• A clear description of how NLP is used in a variety of settings.
• Professionally written (can’t believe I need to say this).
• Applicability: NLP books are NOT NLP training, but should give you some idea what it is like to use NLP and experience some positive results.
• Realistic expectations: Not selling magic or BS to take advantage of naive people.

Here is my Essential List of NLP Books you Should Consider Reading

Under each NLP book that made the list, I offer a brief description as well as my recommended reading purpose and/or a note about the writing style.


nlp booksNLP: The Essential Guide
by Dotz
This book created by three NLP Master Practitioners, was constructed as a way to help users easily adapt and apply NLP techniques to real life scenarios. By reading their collected, real-life stories you will be able to utilize their knowledge and develop your own strategies to apply it in the real world.

Reading Purpose: Introduction to NLP/Overview

Writing Style: Casual, clear and straightforward, mix of concepts, methods and stories.

 


 

nlp booksHeart of the Mind by Steve and Connirae Andreas
This well-written introduction to NLP covers many different aspects of life’s challenges and goals that you may want to accomplish, using the authors’ multitude of various successful techniques.

This comprehensive guide will serve as a platform to the beginning stages of utilizing NLP, diving deep into the inner workings of applying each technique in different situations.

Reading Purpose: Introduction to NLP for counselors, coaches and healing practitioners who want to see what it’s like to apply various NLP methods with clients. Lots of client dialogue here.

Writing Style: Clinical, clear explanations of methods along detailed descriptions of client sessions.

 

nlp booksThe Big Book of NLP (Expanded)
The Big Book of NLP is a precisely written encyclopedia of NLP techniques and how they may be applied. With many techniques that are usually only talked about at expensive NLP seminars, this book contains a vast amount of information that cannot be found anywhere else.

Reading Purpose: Reference for NLP practitioners

Writing Style: No explanations or stories. This is just a list of techniques and their steps.

 

 

nlp booksNLP: The New Technology of Achievement by Steve Andreas and Charles Faulkner
NLP can be utilized to solve many different problems, as well as achieve goals. This book lays out a 21-day plan to help you achieve your goals, and outlines the keys to unlimited success in your personal and professional life, using NLP.

 

 

 

 

nlp booksFrogs Into Princes by Bandler and Grinder
Written when NLP was in the beginning stages of establishment, this book captures the absolute essence of Neuro-Linguistic Programming as described by the founding fathers, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Though it contains some of the more complicated techniques and processes, it is easily understandable and should be read by anyone with an interest in the subject.

Reading purpose: To capture the atmosphere of early NLP seminars and the attitude with which they worked, mixed with a glimpse of the early methods.

Writing style: Seminar transcripts. This book is not written in a typical fashion, with one concept logically flowing after another – it’s a snapshot of a live event.

 


nlp booksTrance-formations
by Bandler and Grinder
The practice of hypnosis is filled with mysticism, and many openly criticize it because they simply don’t understand or have been fooled by a false practitioner. This book breaks down the process of hypnosis, and Richard Bandler and John Grinder, founders of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, explain the techniques and methods used therein.

Reading purpose: To capture the atmosphere of early NLP seminars and the attitude with which they worked, mixed with a glimpse of the early methods around hypnosis, trance induction and utilization.

Writing style: Seminar transcripts. This book is not written in a typical fashion, with one concept logically flowing after another – it’s a snapshot of a live event.

 


nlp booksReframing
by Bandler and Grinder
Reframing your mind to adapt to a certain situation or scenario, and perceiving it how you would like it to be perceived by your subconscious mind is deeply explained in a six-step process, in this book by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.

Reading purpose: To capture the atmosphere of early NLP seminars and the attitude with which they worked, mixed with a glimpse of the early methods around reframing.

Writing style: Seminar transcripts. This book is not written in a typical fashion, with one concept logically flowing after another – it’s a snapshot of a live event.

 


nlp booksChange your Mind and Keep the Change
by Steve and Connirae Andreas
Whether you are sticking to your personal convictions, motivating yourself towards a difficult goal, or giving yourself support during a time of need, this book will clearly lay out the road to self-support and help you to find and keep the change that you need in your life.

Reading purpose: Introduction to NLP techniques

Writing style: It’s a live seminar transcript format here, but the editors did a great job of making the presentation clear from a reader’s point of view.

 


nlp booksMetaphors We Live By (2nd Edition)

This book explains how our minds compare experiences to each other, and gauge each individual experience off of a metaphor which applies to the given situation. It provides even further understanding of how we perceive reality by giving insight into the metaphorical situations that present themselves within our own minds, and allows us to adapt to situations using this method.

Reading Purpose: A more advanced book that focuses on a single content area: metaphor. This book has been a staple in the NLP community for decades. Read it for the mind-altering realization that comes with understanding just how metaphorical life is.

Writing style: Academic


nlp booksCore Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within
by Connirae Andreas
If you ever feel there are aspects of your inner-self that are holding you back from blossoming in your personal or professional life, this book offers a ten-step solution that has potential to heal the very core of your problems. This is one NLP book offers a way to change at the very center of your being, on a spiritual level.

Reading Purpose: Personal change and self-acceptance with NLP concepts and methods.

Writing Style: Casual, yet deep and descriptive – a journey through the methodology. This is Connirae’s masterpiece. Extremely well written.

 


nlp booksBeliefs: Pathways to Health and Well-Being 2nd Edition
by Dilts
There are many beliefs that we hold on to in our lives that inhibit us from further growth, and may even be detrimental to our personal well-being. This book helps us to let go of the beliefs that may be stopping us from our personal development, so that we may lead lives that are free of the problematic beliefs and programming within our minds.

Reading purpose: To learn how NLP may be applied to health and well-being. Also, a health practitioner’s inspiration for integrating belief change work into healing protocols.

Writing style: Casual and clear explanations.

 

If there is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming book you would like my opinion on, please email me and I will give you my honest opinion. You can reach me at info@inlpcenter.org.

About Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is a retired psychotherapist, Master NLP trainer, and practicing life coach. He and his wife, Hope, founded iNLP Center in 2011. For information on coaching with Mike, please visit his coaching website AHA System.

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