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Introduction to How The Brain Feels

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“Let my heart be wise. It is the gods’ best gift.”

An introduction to the book 'How The Brain Feels', a Clean-related guide to working with emotion and cognition. 

2,000 word, 9-page, 447KB article


Models of facilitation (therapy, counselling, teaching, coaching, health management, etc.) have rarely dealt with the inter-dependency of emotion and cognition. In the 1980s, NLP researchers developed the concept of the structure of emotion (change a sub-modality of a feeling and you can change the feeling itself). Work in the 1990s on NLP  ‘meta-states’ addressed the modulating of primary emotional states with cognitively led meta-levels of feeling. Here we explore the neurolinguistic basis of emotional intelligence, relating recent scientific research on the structure and inter-relationship of emotion and cognition to David Grove’s work in Clean Language and Therapeutic Metaphor.


A Greek poet writes of a woman who has waited more than twenty years for her beloved husband to return home. He embraces her passionately. She is cautious and anxious, unsure of him. He is upset. She is sorrowful. He is angry. She is fearful. So Homer in 'The Odyssey' describes the reunion of Penelope and Odysseus in terms we can readily understand today. In 3,000 years the language of the emotions has hardly changed. It may not have changed much in six million years.

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