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Exploring Moments of Knowing; Neuro-Linguistic Programming and enquiry into inner landscapes

Mathison, J and Tosey, P (2009) Exploring Moments of Knowing; Neuro-Linguistic Programming and enquiry into inner landscapes Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16 (10). pp. 189-216.

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Abstract

This article is an account of reflections drawn from a total of four explicitation interviews (Vermersch, 1994), with two people. The article has both methodological and substantive purposes. Methodologically, we explain the contribution of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the elicitation of first person accounts through guided introspection. Aspects of NLP have been used by both Vermersch (1994) and Petitmengin-Peugeot (1999) as means for exploring people's inner worlds. We further elucidate NLP as a set of tools for researchers, emphasising the distinctions these enable researchers to make within the structure of consciousness. As the nature of NLP's methodological contribution to the field of Psychophenomenology (Vermersch, 1996, Maurel, 2008) has been little articulated, this represents an original feature of this article. Substantively, we show how the application of these tools has generated insights into the fine experiential detail of what we term `moments of knowing'. First, our data suggest that suspension and Epoche, which manifested themselves as unrecognised, or pre-reflective moments of understanding for the participants, may be part of everyday 'knowing'. Second, consciousness appears to be multi-dimensional. In particular it appears that it may be helpful to distinguish between different dimensions of awareness that may be involved when exploring an inner landscape. Third, we consider the apparently transformative effect of the explicitation interview for one of these participants, which emphasises that the interview is an active exploration. Our findings question established views of transformative learning, which hitherto have regarded `critical reflection' as the central process involved in transformative learning (Mezirow, 1990, 1991, 2003).

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Mathison, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tosey, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2009
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:58
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7450

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