The User's Manual for the Brain Volume I

The complete manual for Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner certification

By: L Michael Hall , Bob G Bodenhamer


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Size: 244mm x 169mm
Pages : 424
ISBN : 9781899836321
Format: Hardback
Published: August 1998

The most comprehensive NLP Practitioner course manual ever written. A fully revised and updated edition, it contains the very latest in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, particularly with regard to the Meta-states model and the Meta-model of language. For all those embarking on Practitioner training or wishing to study at home, this book is your essential companion. Written and designed by two of the most important theorists in NLP today.

Click here to view the related CD-ROM title The User’s Manual for the Brain Volume I CD, £99.99.

Click here to view the related hardback title The User’s Manual for the Brain Volume II, £39.50.

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L Michael Hall

L. Michael Hall is a Cognitive Psychologist who through research into NLP and Self-Actualization Psychology is now a modeler of human excellence; he has completed 15 modeling projects from Resilience, Women in Leadership, Self-Actualization, Coaching, Self-Actualizing Leaders, Managers, and Companies, Selling, Defusing, Wealth Creation, etc. He has authored 50 NLP books and a series on Meta-Coaching. Michael co-founded the ISNS (International Society of Neuro-Semantics) and the MCF (Meta-Coaching Foundation) and is an internationally renowned trainer. For his free weekly newsletter, Neurons, go to to sign up.

Click here to visit L Michael Hall's site on Self-Actualization.

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Bob G Bodenhamer

Dr. Bodenhamer's under-graduate degree (BA) is from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (1972). His major at Appalachian State University was Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Psychology. He received the Master of Divinity (1976) and the Doctor of Ministry Degree (1978) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. The Master of Divinity Degree included training in Pastoral Care with both classroom and clinical work. Dr. Bodenhamer received one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N. C. while working on his doctorate. His marriage to Linda now spans 43 years.

His NLP Practitioner's Certification comes from L.E.A.D.s Consultants in Reynoldsburg, OH, Dr. Gene Rooney, Trainer. Dr. Bodenhamer's NLP Master Certification and Master Time Line TherapyTMPractitioner Certification came from Tad James, Ph.D. of Advanced Neuro-Dynamics of Honolulu, HI. Additional training has been received from NLP conferences. Dr. Bodenhamer has approximately 1500 hours of formal NLP training. He taught NLP for 10 years in the Corporate/Community Education program at Gaston College. Dr. Bodenhamer received his certification as a Trainer of NLP from Tad James, Ph.D., Advance Neuro Dynamics, Honolulu, Hawaii and Wyatt Woodsmall, Ph.D. of Advanced Behavioral Modeling, Inc., Arlington, VA.

As an International Master NLP Trainer, he offers both certified training for Practitioners and Master Practitioners of NLP. He has a private NLP Therapy practice. Dr. Bodenhamer has served four Southern Baptist churches as pastor. He is presently serving as pastor of a mission church called Christ Fellowship Community Church. His time in the pastorate spans 44 years. All of his pastorates have been in North Carolina. Bob has had the privilege of being married to Linda for the past 45 years (10/17/1965).

He has co-authored 10 NLP books and is the sole author of I Have a Voice: How to Stop Stuttering.

The NLP in Healthcare Award was presented to Bob G Bodenhamer at the NLP award ceremony 2017.


  1. As a practitioner of N.L.P I was delighted to read this book. Having trained in the early eighties and developed many of my own strategies in 'true NLP' fashion it was both refreshing and affirming to return to the ideas that have influenced how I train others to work so effectively in A Quiet Place today. It was like meeting old relatives that you have forgotten about and remembering their influence affectionately.

    The User's Manual for the Brain is a practical training text book filled to the brim with ideas and exercises to use in a wide variety of situations.

    The foundations of NLP are both skilfully explained and easy to understand. A step by step guide to learning and practising the tools of NLP that anyone can follow and for people like myself a reminder of the process and content and inspiration that is NLP. Clear examples of the techniques and application to a wide range of arenas make this a significant book, invaluable for anyone seriously interested in empowering effective change in people. I will be delighted to place it on our training book list for those of our practitioners who are interested in exploring further.

    So thank you NLP and authors
  2. This book is great! It encompasses every angle of NLP, and then more, from the basics to the latest thinking on the subject. It is an extensive, clearly written journal and includes exercises to hone your skills, as well as examples and illustrations so that the reader can really understand the many nuances of NLP.

    Vol 1 is brilliant for the absolute beginner, or even as a refresher for the experienced practitioner. Anyone, no matter how practised, can learn something new from reading this. Get it, read it, use it ” it's worth it.

    4 stars
  3. This manual has achieved what no other book on NLP has. It provides a systematic, step-by-step understanding of what NLP is all about, making it an ideal facilitator for an introductory training, or even a first-read for anyone who wants to understand how the 'magic' of NLP happens.
  4. As a small boy I believed that all the cars on the road were unique, the Ford Cortina, for example surely had a Cortina engine, suspension, gearbox etc. just for that car. To my surprise, I found that various engines would fit in the same car, and that various cars would use the same engine, so the Cortina components, were also Capri, Granada, Scimitar, TVR and Escort components. It appears that the manufacturers were just using the same components across different models ” even through different brands. This is called the modular build, at first I thought this lazy, but when I got my own cars, I began to recognise the beauty of the method, allowing flexibility of different models, yet easy availability of parts and ease of manufacture.

    “What's all this? I'm supposed to reading a book review?”

    Yes, I'm coming to that.

    I've read a lot of L.Michael Hall & Bob Bodenhamer books and at first I thought them amazingly prolific. How did they have time to write all those books?

    Then I read the Users Manual for the Brain - volume 1. I found I had read parts of it before, in the source book, hypnotic language, figuring people out, and a few more.

    When I had heard of the Users Manual for the Brain - volume 1 before, I had no idea what it was, it sounded like some sort of collection of the same old mnemonic techniques, mind mapping techniques, maybe some speed reading.

    When you read this book you are giving yourself a grounding in all the other books by these authors. Knowledge and techniques from over thirty years of disparate NLP writing are distilled and systemised within this 400 page modern classic. It is the text of choice, bar none for NLP trainers and students alike.

    Whether an NLP initiate or complete beginner there is no other book that will compare. It's on my desert island list (at least it would be if I'd bothered to draw one up). The beginner may find the book a little dry but if you need sugar with your medicine, you'll be reading a ton of books to even touch on the depth and breadth of the Users Manual for the Brain - volume 1. With modular section, it makes it possible to pick up all the various aspects of NLP one by one, it doesn't need to be read front to back. This said, as a hypnotherapist doing work on slimming, phobias, smoking, confidence, and all other aspects of the human condition, in my practices in Stockport, Greater Manchester, I had already been using a lot of NLP in my professional practice, yet I found the book to just as rewarding as if I'd been a complete beginner. One of the fortes of the Users Manual for the Brain - volume 1, is that it's structure allows you build a complete picture of the relationships of all of the otherwise unconnected areas of NLP. As I remember from my studies into memory and mnemonics, our ability to recall and use information is based upon the meaning that information holds to us by way of an indexing system, not any limits in our physical memory capacity per se. I believe Hall and Bodenhamer had this in mind whilst creating this book because in it's very layout, it encourages recall and understanding of the material. Ultimately, this means that you can find it easy to use the material in real life, personally, professionally, for your self, for others.

    There is a very small nod to the history of NLP, around two pages, and then you are straight into the good stuff. There are plenty of books out there about the biography, history and development of both NLP and the Ford Cortina, but ultimately if you want to put in that new clutch (or dissolve that phobic response) you are going to need the manual.
  5. Nothing can match the energy and empowerment your experience during NLP Practitioner training, but the authors have made a great attempt in this book. Well written, clearly explained, and often fascinating, the entire NLP syllabus is here. What I particularly like is the coverage of the latest developments in NLP rather than straight regurgitation of original (and sometimes dated) NLP ideas.

    I wouldn't suggest this as the first book on NLP you read ” a good introductory text will give you a foundation on which to build ” but it would be a great follow-up to take you forward, particularly to help consolidate the learning from a live NLP training.

    This is an excellent book, full of wonderful ideas and giving a clear explanation of NLP techniques. I strongly recommend this to anyone wanting to go beyond “basic” NLP. My one criticism is the cost. A paperback edition at half the price would really place this book in the mainstream of NLP literature where it deserves to be.

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