The Structure of Personality

The Structure of Personality

Modeling “Personality” Using NLP and Neuro-Semantics


L. Michael Hall, Ph.D., Bob Bodenhamer, D.Min.,
Dr. Richard Bolstad & Margot Hamblett

In this book you will discover that there is no such “thing” as “Personality.”  The key word is “thing.”  “Personality” is not a thing, but a process.  It’s a way of using one’s personal powers of thought, emotion, memory, imagination, speech and behavior.  “Personality” is what we DO rather than what we ARE.

Starting from this basic NLP presupposition, the authors have completely denominalized the idea of “personality” so as to create a much more open and responsive model for handling what the medical and psychological communities have nominalized, “Personality Problems.”  Instead of speaking about “Personality Disorders,” they speak about personality “disordering.”  By returning the language to verbs, the authors then show how that we have three meta-domains as avenues into understanding and transforming “personality.”

These are the three meta-domains of NLP: the Meta-Model, Meta-Programs, and Meta-States.  Looking at “personality” with these models enables us to recognize “personality” structures and problems using language (Meta-Model), perceptual filters (Meta-Programs) and states, meta-states, and logical levels (Meta-States).  The book presents these three domains and shows the careful reader how to use them to reorder any “personality” disordering.

THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY explores how we actively pattern experience.  Using the basic NLP model, the book leads the reader through how we build up a cognitive-emotional behavioral system of responses using internal representations.  It examines specific contexts and environments in which personality patterning occurs and the higher levels (layering) of the mind which solidifies our sense of person with beliefs and values.

THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY enables the psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, coach, or informed reader to recognize the structure of ordering personality and so gives valuable insights into re-ordering personality. In Structure of Personality, the reader will find NLP strategies, the RESOLVE model, Meta-States, the Personal Strengths Model, SCORE, and multiple NLP and Neuro-Semantic patterns for transforming personality into something of beauty and power.

THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY targets 14 of the so-called “Personality Disorders” of the DSM-IV and shows how that NLP and NS do not just handle simple problems, but those considered the most severe and unyielding.  From schizophrenia to paranoia and addiction, to manic-depressive, THE STRUCTURE OF PERSONALITY provides meta-principles and step-by-step processes along with case studies for the Transformation of personality.  Here the magic of NLP shines.

Four world-class NLP Master Trainers have combined to create this work. Begin by L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. as an application of NLP for “personality,” Dr. Bodenhamer filled out much of the work from his pastoral counseling and NLP therapy work.  To this Dr. Bolstad and his partner, Margot Hamblett added a psychiatric nursing perceptive.  You may not agree with everything in this book, but you will think… and in thinking, you will become more skilled in understanding and working with some of the most challenging problems in human experience.


“A bold and courageous step with exciting possibilities. The authors have dismantled the diagnostic nomenclature offering new perspectives for treatment while postulating that personality is not static; not a thing, but an ongoing, evolving process and, if dysfunctional, can be restructured. The book should prove to be a milestone in our pursuit for sanity.”

Rie Anderson, M.A., LMHC, NBCDCH
Clinical Pshyhotherapist

The Structure of Personality” is a major step in creating a cognitive map using Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to understand the relationship between a person’s thinking and his or her personality development.”

Jim Walsh, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified School Psychologist
Certified Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguistic Trainer

Book Review of The Structure of Personality by Te Ruru, B.A., M.Ed., Cert.Couns.

Book Review of The Structure of Personality by John Burton, Ed.D.

Table of Contents

Foreword iii
Preface1 ix
Preface2 xv
Part OneNLP and NS Models for Understanding the Structure of Personality 1
Chapter 1       “Personality” and the Meta-Model” 3
Chapter 2       The Meta-States Model and “Personality” 17
Chapter 3       The Strategies Model and “Personality” 51
Chapter 4       Meta-States, Design Human Engineering and “Personality” 67
Chapter 5       The RESOLVE Model and “Personality” 91
Chapter 6       “Personality” as a Meta-Level Phenomena 111
Chapter 7       The Personal Strengths Model and “Personality” 127
Chapter 8       Modeling and the Structure of Pathology 141
Chapter 9       Modeling Pathology 153
Chapter 10      When Things go Wrong 169
Chapter 11      Re-discovering the Healthy “Personality” 183
Chapter 12      NLP and NS Patterns for Transforming “Personality” 210
Part Two — Specific “Personality” Disordering 249
Chapter 13     Double-Binding and Schizophrenia 251
Chapter 14     Disordering “Personality” Through Paranoia 299
Chapter 15     Disordering “Personality” Through Anti-Social Frames 309
Chapter 16     Disordering “Personality” Through Depressing 321
Chapter 17     Borderline Disordering of “Personality” 343
Chapter 18     Disordering “Personality” Through Histrionic Disordering 373
Chapter 19     Disordering “Personality” Through Narcissism 381
Chapter 20     Disordering “Personality” Through Avoidance 389
Chapter 21     Disordering “Personality” Through Dependence 399
Chapter 22     Obsessive-Compulsive Disordering 405
Chapter 23     Disordering “Personality” Through Becoming Addictive 415
Chapter 24     Disordering “Personality” Through Anxiety-ing 435
Chapter 25     You and Your “Personality” 453
NLP and Neuro-Semantic Resources and Patterns 455
Bibliography 457

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