NLP Books

Books from leading developers and trainers of Neurolinguistic Programming, published by Real People Press.

  • The best NLP books for learning neurolinguistic programming techniques.
  • NLP books for beginners all the way to advanced NLP practitioners.
  • Books for therapists, coaches, and your own personal development.
  • Both classic NLP books and new ones that keep moving the field forward.

Best Sellers and Most Loved Books

Easy-to-read and engaging, these books invite you to experience powerful methods for personal transformation.

Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within

Core Transformation is a 10-step process that transforms your life’s problems into healing experiences. The Core Transformation book is a great place to start when learning this powerful NLP process. Many people have just used the scripts in the book to transform their life’s biggest challenges, and others have used the book to get started before later taking a live training. The Core Transformation book has sold well over 50,000 copies since it was first published, with 4.7 stars on Amazon, and is translated into 16 languages.

 

Heart of the Mind: Engaging Your Inner Power to Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming

One of the best NLP books for beginners is Heart of the Mind. This classic NLP book tells engaging stories of people experiencing rapid change with a variety of NLP methods, and outlines the exact steps taken. Learn how NLP works by reading about some of the basic techniques, many of which were developed by Steve and Connirae Andreas. Each chapter covers a different topic, including negotiation, resolving grief, increasing motivation, and more. Every NLP practitioner should have a copy of this important NLP book. 4.6 stars on Amazon. As one reviewer said, “One of the most usable self-help books I’ve ever read.”

 

Coming to Wholeness: How to Awaken and Live with Ease

The Wholeness Work provides a direct method for resolving life’s problems in a very gentle way. Whether a person wants to transform anxiety, resolve shame, improve sleep, or work with many other life challenges, Wholeness Work can help. And it’s also a path to “awakening” that can enhance a spiritual practice, or even experience what is meant by “enlightenment” or “dissolving the ego.” Whether you’re interested in meditation and spirituality, or just want a practical way to solve problems that may have seemed intractable, Coming to Wholeness can provide you with the tools you need. 4.7 stars on Amazon.

 

Waltzing with Wolverines: Finding Connection & Cooperation with Troubled Teens

If you have a teenager in your life, you’ll love Waltzing with Wolverines. Based on Mark Andreas’ time working with groups of teens as part of a Wilderness Therapy program, these stories will touch and inspire you–and sometimes make you laugh. You may find yourself more creative and compassionate with the young people in your world. Whether the young people in your life are “easy” or “challenging,” this book can offer support and perspective. Parents with children of younger and older ages have also found this book a gold mine–and the methods here can even be used in other contexts. 4.9 stars on Amazon.

 

Transforming Negative Self-Talk and More Transforming Negative Self-Talk

These two books provide more than a dozen ways to radically change your self-talk, from inner critic to inner ally. Many people talk to themselves, in their mind, more harshly than they would ever talk to another person. Such negative self-talk is often present in mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, as well as just ordinary needless life stress. Whether you are a beginner to NLP or an advanced practitioner, you will find many useful distinctions here that can serve you for a lifetime. Many other NLP techniques only use visual or kinesthetic distinctions, whereas these two books provide options in the auditory modality that you may never have thought of on your own. Stop ruminating and start living!

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Core Transformation

$15.69

By: Connirae Andreas and Tamara Andreas

This book will take you on a healing inner journey to the depths of your being. You’ll be guided through 10 simple… Read More

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Heart of the Mind

$16.50

By: Connirae Andreas and Steve Andreas

This engaging introduction to NLP gives you a “front row seat” in following the accounts of people whose lives… Read More

Connirae Andreas

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Steve Andreas

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Coming To Wholeness

$16.50

By: Connirae Andreas

A series of crises in the author’s life led her on an intensive search for solutions. The result is a new method of… Read More

Connirae Andreas

Author

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Waltzing with Wolverines

$14.95

By: Mark Andreas

In these pages you’ll find riveting stories illustrating clear principles for achieving success with even the… Read More

Mark Andreas

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Transforming Negative Self-Talk

$17.50

By: Steve Andreas

Hearing a judgmental or disapproving internal narrative is a very common mental health complaint, and… Read More

Steve Andreas

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More Transforming Negative Self-Talk

$17.95

By: Steve Andreas

Whether an infrequent occurrence or a constant running narrative, internal self-talk can be mildly irritating… Read More

Steve Andreas

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NLP Stories

Enjoy Learning Through The Magic Of A Story.

Sweet Fruit from The Bitter Tree

61 real-life short stories about how people creatively responded to violence and conflict. Most people think the only response is to fight back or freeze up, or maybe try and run away. But what if there was a different way? Having so many stories to draw upon can help you develop the kind of lateral thinking that allows for successful conflict resolution.

 

The Rainbow Machine

Hilarious, outrageous, and fascinating stories from NLP Practitioner Andrew T. Austin. Many of these stories come from Andy’s time as a nurse, using NLP “in the wild” with hospital patients and often getting interesting and powerful results. Read these stories and become inspired to be more bold and creative in your use of NLP!

 

Is There Life Before Death?

A collection of short stories, quotes, poems, essays from Steve Andreas. These are some “favorite stories” of one of the most effective and creative NLP developers. Funny, touching, and inspiring, these little vignettes will have you contemplating the deeper meaning of life and our place in the Universe. 

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Sweet Fruit From The Bitter Tree

$16.50

By: Mark Andreas

Enjoy these fascinating stories of how real people dealt with conflict situations in unusual and creative ways… Read More

Mark Andreas

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The Rainbow Machine

$16.50

By: Andrew T. Austin

A delightful read! Outrageous, funny, insightful, and touching. You’ll enjoy it from start to finish. Packed with … Read More

Andrew T. Austin

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Is There Life Before Death?

$19.00

By: Steve Andreas

This anthology is filled with short stories and essays, poems and quotes that can touch your heart, turn your … Read More

Steve Andreas

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Advanced and in-depth knowledge

Go deeper with your NLP skills and understanding.

Transforming Your Self

Learn how to change your self-concept, the beliefs you have about yourself and what kind of a person you are. Steve Andreas modeled how people create and modify their self-concept, allowing, for the first time, precise ways of adjusting it. This book will allow you to make powerfully generative changes, because when you change your self-concept many other things will follow naturally from that. Requires background in NLP*, especially NLP submodalities, as this method involves making many subtle distinctions in the visual modalities that make up our “database” of experiences.

*The book Heart of the Mind is one source for introductory material on NLP submodalities.



Virginia Satir: the Patterns of Her Magic

Pioneer of family therapy, Virginia Satir was known to be exceptionally skilled in helping families and individuals resolve “impossible” problems, and often quite quickly. How did she do it? In this unique book, Steve Andreas breaks down the patterns Satir used in a particularly powerful therapy session, so that others can also utilize her brilliant strategies for change.



Change Your Mind and Keep the Change: Advanced NLP Submodalities Interventions

In this classic NLP book, you’ll learn advanced NLP submodalities techniques. Includes methods for eliminating compulsive behaviors, responding to criticism resourcefully, hypnotically accessing “drug states” (without the drugs), and much more! It includes a method for changing how we perceive time (the original NLP Timeline work). Not recommended for beginners, as you may need some NLP experience to understand how to apply these advanced techniques.*

*The book Heart of the Mind is one source for introductory material on NLP submodalities.

 

Six Blind Elephants: Volumes 1 & 2

In these books, Steve Andreas re-works NLP from the ground up, based on contemporary breakthroughs in Cognitive Linguistics. This new understanding provides a “unified field theory” of human experience and communication that is practical and useful for making changes in our own lives, as well as for therapists and coaches who help others professionally. Filled with examples from expert therapists, these books were originally intended for advanced NLPers, but some people without NLP experience have found them invaluable as well.

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Transforming Your Self

$16.50

By: Steve Andreas

Discover what your identity is made of, how it functions, and how to use this knowledge to change how you think … Read More

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The Patterns Of Her Magic

$16.50

By: Steve Andreas

How did Virginia Satir, beloved family therapy pioneer & one of the greatest therapists of our time, help so … Read More

Steve Andreas

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Change Your Mind & Keep The Change

$12.16

By: Steve Andreas and Connirae Andreas

Presented in “live seminar” format, this book offers in-depth information and examples of how to work successfully… Read More

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Connirae Andreas

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Six Blind Elephants: Vol.1

$16.50

By: Steve Andreas

A truly ground-breaking new book that provides a practical and generative “unified field theory” of… Read More

Steve Andreas

Author

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Six Blind Elephants: Vol. II

$16.50

By: Connirae Andreas and Steve Andreas

In this book, the fundamental understandings of scope, category, and logical levels established in… Read More

Steve Andreas

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Additional Resources

Other books Real People Press has published include works from NLP developers and trainers, plus authors with unique practical information to offer for enhancing our lives.

Solutions: Enhancing Love, Sex, and Relationships

This classic NLP book by NLP co-developer Leslie Cameron Bandler provides practical techniques for working with a variety of problems in relationships. From sexual dysfunction, marital problems, and falling in and out of love, you’ll find chapters on many problems you might encounter in your own relationships, or in the relationships of your clients if you work as a coach or therapist. Includes the powerful process for self-love “Looking through the eyes of someone who loves you.”

 

My Lessons with Kumi

In this unique and entertaining book, Michael Colgrass combines a variety of different modalities including neurolinguistic programming, hypnosis, mime, and Grotowski physical training in stories of personal transformation. Useful for learning how to perform with confidence, whether you are a public speaker, actor, musician, or teacher.

 

A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances

This book has been extremely popular with musicians and music students, for it describes how to overcome musical performance anxiety and stage fright, as well as other challenges performers experience. The author teaches how to break out of negative habits with creative experimentation, freeing up energy for performing at your best in any context.

 

Returning to The Source: The Way to the Experience of God

This book by psychologist Wilsen Van Dusen offers a method for entering into mystical experience, based on the work of Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. The Experience of God is not something that even many religious people believe they have had, let alone secular people. But as Van Dusen explains, it is something accessible to all, by cultivating a feeling of awe and wonder through ordinary, simple experiences: the opening of a flower, an image in a dream, a sunset. By paying attention to such moments, we can amplify these feelings of awe, transforming our lives in the process.

 

Know How

In this classic NLP book, NLP developers Leslie Cameron-Bandler, David Gordon, and Michael Lebeau take on a variety of human problems and opportunities, laying out specific strategies for success. From eating healthy, exercising, fulfilling relationships, parenting, and more, you’ll learn about strategies that have worked for others and how to install them in your own nervous system.

 

The Emotional Hostage

This classic work in NLP has many useful distinctions for how to increase your emotional intelligence and develop emotional choice. If you’ve ever wanted more options with your emotions, the methods in this book can make a big difference. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “this book is significantly more insightful about understanding emotions” than other popular books on emotional intelligence.

 

The Emprint Method: A Guide to Reproducing Competence

This book is a classic work on NLP modeling, exactly how to learn what other people are doing in their minds so you can recreate it in yourself and others, fast. One of the core principles of NLP is that you can discover how other people do things exceptionally well, and with the distinctions of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, you can then reverse engineer their process. This allows for rapid skill development, since you don’t have to reinvent the wheel through trial and error. The EMPRINT Method is one modeling strategy that some of the early NLP developers used to create dozens of effective NLP techniques quickly. If you’re interested in NLP modeling, definitely check out this book!

Solutions

Solutions

$14.19

By: Leslie Cameron-Bandler

This is a book about fulfillment and choice. The practical and effective solutions presented in the following… Read More

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My Lessons with Kumi

$18.50

By: Michael Colgrass

Michael Colgrass combines neuro-linguistic programming, mime, creativity, hypnosis, psychology and… Read More

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Returning to the Source

$16.50

By: Wilson Van Dusen

How do some people find their way into the joys of mystical or transcendent experiences–the direct… Read More

Know-How

Know How

$16.50

By: Leslie Cameron-Bandler, David Gordon, Michael Labeau

Learn how to go from wishing to having–turning possibilities into realities. Learn the thinking processes… Read More

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The Emotional Hostage

$16.50

By: Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Michael Labeau

Often we feel trapped and at the mercy of emotions that we don’t want. This book teaches how to gain… Read More

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The Emprint Method

$16.50

By: Leslie Cameron-Bandler, David Gordon, Michael Labeau

This book is intended to change your mind about what is possible for you to achieve. By the time you finish the… Read More

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A Soprano on Her Head

$10.00

By: Eloise Ristad

Eloise Ristad deals with the complex problems which torment and cripple so many of our most creative… Read More

FAQs

We recommend looking for NLP books created by an organization that has a good reputation. For example, Connirae Andreas and her (now deceased) husband Steve Andreas have been  prominent developers in the field of NLP since the earliest years. They have built their business through providing excellent services, and are known for their integrity. Their publishing company, Real People Press, provides engaging books with reliable, precise, clear information.

Another way to recognize trustworthiness of a body of material is to look into the research. For example, Core Transformation has research that shows significant benefits.

Our most highly recommended books are:

Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within

Coming to Wholeness: How to Awaken and Live with Ease

Heart of the Mind: Engaging Your Inner Power to Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming

That depends on what you want!

If you’re interested in a highly effective method of personal transformation that applies to almost every problem, we suggest Core Transformation.

If you’re interested in spiritual NLP, our top pick for you is Coming to Wholeness. A close second is Core Transformation.

If you’re interested in a book that covers many topics, and includes many different NLP methods, we recommend Heart of the Mind.

If you prefer learning through reading stories, then Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree, The Rainbow Machine, and Waltzing with Wolverines: finding connection and cooperation with troubled teens can all fit the bill. 

If you want an engaging introduction to NLP that shows how you can use NLP methods to change key areas of life, we recommend Heart of the Mind. This is the best book to get a sense of the vast breadth of the field of NLP, and how it can be applied in a wide range of contexts. 

If you’d rather zero in on the one personal change method that we think is the best entry point for most beginners, then consider Core Transformation. This book guides you in learning possibly the most powerful method for deep change in the field of NLP. The method integrates many NLP principles, taking them to a deeper level. 

Or if you already have a meditation background, then Coming to Wholeness may be the best fit for you. (Otherwise, it may be a good “second book.” It’s the most “leading edge” material.)

If you want personal change, for yourself or to learn a method you can use to help others, we recommend Core Transformation, as a first book. Core Transformation is a method that works at a deeper level than standard NLP methods, to transform not only our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, but also our very sense of who we are. It results in an increasingly profound ongoing sense of wellbeing. 

A second book we recommend is Coming to Wholeness. If you already have a background in NLP, meditation, or spirituality, then this would be a good “first book.” It works at a slightly deeper level than Core Transformation. However, many people find the Wholeness Work easier after already having some experience with CT.

Heart of the Mind presents many different NLP techniques that work for various problems. This book is an excellent source for what we might call “classical NLP,” or “standard NLP.” This book gives examples and clear explanations, making it easy to learn. [Note: Core Transformation and the Wholeness Work both make change at a more fundamental level of experience, than standard NLP methods. However the “classical NLP” methods in Heart of the Mind will offer you excellent and useful choices. We continue to use these methods with clients when appropriate.]

Transforming Negative Self-Talk, and its follow-up book, are wonderful for changing self-criticism, which can be at the root of anxiety, depression, and other common issues. These books give clear, step-by-step exercises for transforming even the most difficult inner voices. 

Both Coming to Wholeness and Core Transformation are excellent books about processes that are often called “spiritual.” 

Here’s what’s special about the methods in these books:

  • They help us access profound states at a “beingness” level, that many people call spiritual. These states are universally experienced as resourceful and positive. Many people are surprised by the depth of the experience.
  • They also work reliably for life-changing transformation
  • They go beyond the standard NLP models, which is necessary for the deepest, most profound stage of transformation. 
  • They don’t rely on any belief system. Someone can experience profound change whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or goals. 

Both Coming to Wholeness and Core Transformation are excellent books about processes that are often called “spiritual.” 

Here’s what’s special about the methods in these books:

  • They help us access profound states at a “beingness” level, that many people call spiritual. These states are universally experienced as resourceful and positive. Many people are surprised by the depth of the experience.
  • They also work reliably for life-changing transformation
  • They go beyond the standard NLP models, which is necessary for the deepest, most profound stage of transformation. 
  • They don’t rely on any belief system. Someone can experience profound change whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or goals. 

Both Coming to Wholeness and Core Transformation are excellent books about processes that are often called “spiritual.” 

Here’s what’s special about the methods in these books:

  • They help us access profound states at a “beingness” level, that many people call spiritual. These states are universally experienced as resourceful and positive. Many people are surprised by the depth of the experience.
  • They also work reliably for life-changing transformation
  • They go beyond the standard NLP models, which is necessary for the deepest, most profound stage of transformation. 
  • They don’t rely on any belief system. Someone can experience profound change whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or goals. 

Both Coming to Wholeness and Core Transformation are excellent books about processes that are often called “spiritual.” 

Here’s what’s special about the methods in these books:

  • They help us access profound states at a “beingness” level, that many people call spiritual. These states are universally experienced as resourceful and positive. Many people are surprised by the depth of the experience.
  • They also work reliably for life-changing transformation
  • They go beyond the standard NLP models, which is necessary for the deepest, most profound stage of transformation. 
  • They don’t rely on any belief system. Someone can experience profound change whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or goals. 

Both Coming to Wholeness and Core Transformation are excellent books about processes that are often called “spiritual.” 

Here’s what’s special about the methods in these books:

  • They help us access profound states at a “beingness” level, that many people call spiritual. These states are universally experienced as resourceful and positive. Many people are surprised by the depth of the experience.
  • They also work reliably for life-changing transformation
  • They go beyond the standard NLP models, which is necessary for the deepest, most profound stage of transformation. 
  • They don’t rely on any belief system. Someone can experience profound change whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or goals. 

Our number one recommendation for depression is Core Transformation. This book teaches a method that has helped many people transform even serious cases of depression. Many people who label their experience as “depression” experience more than one challenging issue. They may be dealing with shame, anxiety, grief, inner criticism, hopelessness, and/or other challenges. The Core Transformation method can help with all of these issues.

Sometimes, an “inner critic” or other challenging inner voices contribute to depression.  Transforming Negative Self-Talk, and its follow-up book, present techniques to transform these inner voices into resources.

A negative self-image can be depressing. Transforming Your Self teaches how to change our self-image to be empowering and resourceful.

Core Transformation is the best book currently available for resolving shame. It teaches a method that can help us access a profound inner wellbeing, which transforms even very difficult emotions. 

Also, please check back later. There’s a forthcoming book about the Wholeness Work that will include a special format for resolving shame. When this book comes out, it will likely be our top pick for this subject. (This Wholeness Work method for resolving shame is already available in the Wholeness Work Foundation training.)

For healing trauma, if there are “flashbacks,” it may be useful to start with the NLP Phobia/Trauma Method, which is taught in Chapter 4 of Heart of the Mind. This method helps us “undo” the past trauma, and reach a position of safety in relation to past traumatic events.

However, people who are healing from trauma almost always have other responses as well, such as shame, self-doubt, anxiety, anger, and more. For deep emotional healing, we recommend Core Transformation. The method taught in this book has helped many, many people heal their responses to past trauma.

After doing significant Core Transformation work, if there’s an interest in going even further with emotional healing, we recommend Coming to Wholeness. The method in this book works at an even deeper level. However, for someone who is dealing with the emotional effects of trauma, Core Transformation is the place to start. 

The best process for insomnia is the Wholeness Work. Currently, the book Coming to Wholeness can get you started. However, it doesn’t give you everything you may need to be successful with insomnia. There’s a forthcoming book that will help you discover a very useful approach to insomnia, using the Wholeness Work. Check back later. (This special approach to insomnia is also taught in our Wholeness Work Foundation course.)

Core Transformation can also be used for insomnia. So, if you’re already getting the book, Core Transformation, this is another issue you can transform with CT.

In addition, the book Transforming Negative Self-Talk teaches a voice tempo technique that can be very helpful if racing inner thoughts are contributing to insomnia.

Keep in mind that the early NLP books were written in the early stage of NLP development. So they will show you the history of NLP, but not necessarily show you the pinnacle of what NLP can offer you today. That said, the first books that put NLP on the map were four books created and published by the Andreases, from transcripts of trainings with NLP developers Richard Bandler and John Grinder:

Frogs into Princes

Trance-formations

Reframing

Using Your Brain–For a Change

These books are currently out of print in the English edition. They can still be found in the used section, and are still available new in many non-English languages. 

One early NLP book written by Leslie Cameron-Bandler continues to be available: Solutions. This is an excellent Classic NLP book. While this book is focused on transforming relationships, the methods taught in this book can help make life more fulfilling in every context. 

Check back again soon! There’s a forthcoming manual soon to be available in ebook format. 

[After it’s available….] You can count on this Trainer Manual written by the Andreases to give you thorough and accurate information on the full range of classic NLP patterns, and how to teach them. The 1987 Edition, this manual was originally written exclusively for the NLP Comprehensive Trainer Team, and now continues to be a resource for trainers world-wide. Whether you’re teaching an NLP Practitioner Training, or a shorter training on NLP, this manual will be a resource. Check the TOC to see what’s included. Some material in this manual is not available elsewhere. See especially sections on Cognitive Strategies (decision, motivation, and learning strategies). In the past, this manual was only available through a licensing agreement. 

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