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			     July 17, 1995
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15.  Memory Systems

	Q. What's the deal with all these memory systems?
	A. Quite often the question comes up regarding memory systems.  One
    	   has either read a book, or has seen an infomercial concerning
	   it.  Do they work and are they worth the money?
 
	    A quick bit of history.  Recorded history concerning memory 
	    systems is documented to about 500B.C..  There are indications that 
	    these were in existence as early as 1500B.C., but only fragments 
	    exist supporting this claim.  The ancient orators used these 
	    systems to help deliver their famous speeches.
 
	    In modern times we have books, audio cassettes, and video
 	    recordings all teaching memory systems.  One cannot really
 	    compare one system to another.  All have some good features to
 	    them.  All are taught by people who have been in the business or
 	    have studied it.  Most of the systems utilize a principle called
 	    mnemonics.  Simply stated, this means assisting the human memory
 	    by artificially  adding mental pictures or images attached to the
 	    item to be retained in our mind.
 
	    These systems DO work, but you have to put in some time and
 	    effort to learn the basics.  Once you do this, you will find the
 	    systems learned will be invaluable to you for the rest of your
	    life.
 
	    Virtually anything you wish to remember can be memorized by
 	    utilizing these systems.  They are not a waste of your time.
 
	    Often the question of cost is raised.  The books cost a few
 	    dollars while the book + audio/video combinations are much more
 	    expensive.  Usually this is in the area today of $200 - $300 or
 	    more. Obviously the utilization of the audio/video is more
 	    effective due to the learning principles involved.  Our retention
 	    is greater and our learning time is shortened.  Books, on the
 	    other hand, are less expensive, but take a bit longer to learn
 	    from.  An on-site seminar is the best possible way to learn these
 	    systems.
 
	    Books on the retail market by Harry Lorayne and Tony Buzan are
 	    among the best available, although others are published that are
 	    equally effective.
 
	    One of the best background texts I have ever run across is by
 	    Kenneth L Higbee of Brigham Young Univ.  He is the only one that
 	    has done the homework in this business although others are now
 	    coming on line with more current study findings.  His book is
 	    titled "Your Memory - How it Works and How to Improve it".
 
	    (Contributed by: r.follmer@genie.geis.com)
 
16. Mindmapping
	
	Q. What is mindmapping?
	
	A. Mindmapping is a technique developed by Tony Buzan for 
	   "associatively" recording ideas on paper.  Most notetaking methods
	   on paper are linear; that is you start at the top of the page and
	   record information in the order presented from top to bottom.
	   Buzan recognized that this isn't consistent with the way the human
	   mind works, which is "associately" by creating associations 
	   between items that are not necessarily related to some predefined
	   order.  A mindmap works by beginning at the center of the page
	   with a main idea and work outward producing a growing and organized
	   structure composed of keywords and images.  Complete sentences or
	   even phrases are not allowed because they're redundant and 
	   inefficient.  Mindmaps are useful in organizing information, taking
	   notes, outlining talks or written material, brainstorming for 
	   creating new ideas and seeing new connections between things.  
	   Mindmaps take advantage of color, symbols.  They can cluster 
	   related ideas.  They require a more active involvement in taking 
	   notes because the location of the next item must be decided upon 
	   based on what is already there.  Traditional "verbatim" approaches 
	   simply state that "what will come will follow what has come."  
	   Mind maps are easier to remember and easier to review because each 
	   one is visually different and because no two will have the exact 
	   same structures, colors, clusters, symbols, etc.

	   Mindmapping is described by Tony Buzan in "The Mind Map Book" as
	   well as several of his other books.  Another good book is called
	   "Mindmapping" by Joyce Wycoff.

	Q. What mindmapping software is available?

	A. One software program is available from the Buzan Centre (see
	   Appendix A) called "Mind Maps Plus".  There is a shareware program 
	   called "Info Map Lite"" available from CoCo Systems Ltd. (see 
	   Appendix A).  In general these software
	   programs allow the user to draw and manage mindmaps on computer
	   using a graphical user interface.  Some tools allow sophisticated
	   re-arranging of the topology, annotating maps entries with notes,
	   etc.

	   Visio 3.0 (can accept full sentences).

17. Mind Machines

	Q. What is a mind machine?

	A. Mind machines are devices used for relaxation or to attempt to 
	   alter brain states.  These devices are usually worn on the head
	   and use light or sound effects.  The scientific validity of their
	   effectiveness has been debated in the group with no conclusive
	   answers.  

	   ----
	   One positive comment is from lydiapolk@aol.com (Lydia Polk):

	   I bought a Theta Technologies Voyager XL since they dropped the 
	   price from $350 to $200.  It works as claimed.  It comes with 50 
	   built-in sessions and an additional 25.  

	   We use it primarily to get into delta sleep.  But you can buy audio
	   tapes that are designed to work with it and download session 
	   paramaters into the machine.  You can get tapes for all kinds of 
	   self improvement.  Highly recommended.  
	   -----

	   The two main manufacturers of mind machines in the United States
	   seem to by Zygon and Theta Technologies.  Phone numbers can be
	   found in Appendix A.

18.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
	Q. What is NLP?
	A. The following answer was contributed by (stever@mit.edu):

	This is a merging of several sci.psychology messages defining NLP.
	Please feel free to ask questions, etc.

	If you would like a list of NLP resources (books, training centers),
	I have one of those, too...

	Enjoy,

	- Stever

	--------------------

	NLP was developed in the mid-70s by John Grinder, a Professor at UC
	Santa Cruz and Richard Bandler, a graduate student.

	Neuro-Linguistic Programming, as most people use the term, is a set
	of models of how communication impacts and is impacted by subjective
	experience.  It's more a collection of tools than any overarching
	theory.  NLP is heavily pragmatic: if a tool works, it's included in
	the model, even if there's no theory to back it up.  None of the
	current NLP developers have done research to "prove" their models
	correct.  The party line is "pretend it works, try it, and notice the
	results you get.  If you don't get the result you want, try something
	else."

	Much of early NLP was based on the work of Virginia Satir, a family
	therapist; Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt therapy; Gregory Bateson,
	anthropologist; and Milton Erickson, hypnotist.  It was Erickson's
	work that formed the foundation for a lot of NLP, thus the tight
	connection with hypnosis.  Bandler and Grinder's book "Patterns of
	the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, Volume I" is one of
	the best books I've ever read on how language influences mental
	states. 

	NLP consists of a number of models, and then techniques based on
	those models.  The major models usually associated with NLP are:

	(a) Sensory acuity and physiology:  thinking is tied closely to
	physiology.  People's thought processes change their physiological
	state.  Sufficiently sensitive sensory acuity will help 
	communicators fine-tune their communication to a person in ways over
	and above mere linguistics. 

	(b) The "meta-model."  A set of linguistic challenges for uncovering
	the "deep structure" underneath someone's "surface structure"
	sentences.  [Sorry for the transformational grammar lingo.]  

	(c) Representational systems.  These actually appeared in Erickson's
	work and the work of others, though Bandler and Grinder took them
	much further.  Different people seem to represent knowledge in
	different sensory modalities.  Their language reveals their
	representation.  Often, communication difficulties are little more
	than two people speaking in incompatible representation systems.

	For example, the "same" sentence might be expressed differently by
	different people:
        	Auditory:       "I really hear what you're saying."
	        Visual:         "I see what you mean."
        	Kinesthetic:    "I've got a handle on that."

	(d) The "Milton-model."  This is a set of linguistic patterns Milton
	Erickson used to induce trance and other states in people.  It is the
	inverse of the meta-model; it teaches you how to be artfully vague,
	which is what you use to do therapeutic hypnosis with someone.

	(e) Eye accessing cues.  When people access different
	representational systems, their eyes move in certain ways.  Lots of
	research has been done on accessing cues.  Most of it has "proven"
	they don't exist.  My thesis was on accessing cues and concluded the
	same thing.  My real conclusion was that a person is too complex a
	black box to test this effectively.  Also, eyes move in ways that are
	NOT related to information accessing.  While I can visually tell the
	difference between an "accessing cue" and a non-accessing movement, I
	can't quantify the difference enough to base research on it.  

	(f) Submodalities.  The STRUCTURE of internal representations
	determines your response to the content.  For example, picture
	someone you really like.  Make the colors more intense, as if you
	were turning up the color knob on a TV.  Now turn the color down,
	until it's black and white.  For most people, high color intensifies
	the feeling, and B&W neutralizes it.  The degree of color, part of
	the STRUCTURE of the representation, affects the intensity of your
	feelings about the content.

	(g) Metaprograms.  These are aspects about how people process
	information and make decisions.  For example, some people
	are motivated TOWARDS GOALS, while others are motivated AWAY FROM
	non-goals.  TOWARDS or AWAY-FROM tells how they respond to their
	world; which one a person prefers in a given context will
	dramatically change how the person behaves.

	--------------------------------

	NLP has several techniques for diagnosing and intervening in certain
	situations.  They have a phobia cure, a way to de-traumatize past
	traumas, ways to identify and integrate conflicting belief systems
	that keep you from doing the things you want, etc.

	I first read about NLP in 1978, and thought it sounded great, but
	couldn't possibly work.  The founders made lots of claims about
	one-session cures, which seemed implausible.  [Fourteen years later, I
	still think they overexaggerate at times, but I *have* seen two or
	three session results that rival traditional therapists' results
	over months.]

	In 1984 I took an introductory workshop and discovered, much to my
	surprise, that it worked well.  After messing someone up to the point
	where he almost needed hospitalization, I decided to be trained in it
	fully, so as not to repeat the mistake.

	I find it works scarily well.  So well that even someone with poor
	training in it can do a lot of damage.  There was no quality control
	in the field, and a lot of people go around teaching NLP who know
	very little about it.  Performing NLP techniques is a skill.
	Probably only one in ten NLP Practitioners are in the top 10% of NLP
	skill level, and maybe even fewer than that(*).

	ONE WAY an NLP therapist might approach a client session is by
	understanding the cognitive structure of how a client creates a
	problem.  They then help figure out the cognitive structure of an
	area of life where the client deals satisfactorily.  Then they would
	teach the client to use the good strategy in the problem situation.

	For example: a friend of mine was obsessed with her ex-boyfriend.
	She was in such fear of him that she would fly into hysterics at the
	thought of him.  Cognitively, she made a big, bright movie of him
	physically harassing her, with a soundtrack of him whining and
	lecturing her.  The soundtrack seemed to come from around her left
	ear, and was in the boyfriend's voice.

	She had another ex-boyfriend who she was fine about.  Cognitively,
	his picture was small, framed, and in the distance.  The soundtrack
	was her voice talking about how nice he had been, and how the
	relationship was firmly in the past.

	The work I did with her involved representing the problem boyfriend
	with a small, framed picture.  We removed the soundtrack of his
	voice, and added her narration, instead.  The result: she stopped
	obsessing about her ex, and went on with her life, able to deal with
	him.

	Some people have run into NLP-trained people who annoyingly mimic
	body posture to distraction, in an attempt to gain "rapport."  They
	were poorly trained.  Go out in public; watch couples; watch good
	friends.  They walk in synchronization.  They move in
	synchronization.  They NATURALLY mirror each other's movements.  NLP
	just noticed this, and says "if you don't have rapport, here's one
	thing to pay attention to."

	A common question is "Does knowing what's being done make it less
	effective?"  I've found that knowing what someone is doing lets me
	barricade against certain things, but there are definite cases where
	knowledge is not sufficient to keep it from working.  I was once in a
	group dynamics experiment where an outsider watched our group and
	pointed out to us how we kept getting stuck, because of certain
	behavioral loops we were in.  EVEN WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE, we were
	unable to break the loops without incredible effort.  And then our
	efforts to break the loops fell into the same loops.  Certain aspects
	of NLP are like this: if someone is matching your representational
	systems and doing it well, even if you are aware of it, they'll
	still communicate better to you, as long as they're not incongruent
	about it.

	Alas, there are few good NLP books out there.  In part, that's
	because NLP is about communication on all levels, and is much easier
	to demonstrate than to write about.  In part, that's because the
	people who have done the most creation of the models are out there
	creating new models and pushing the technology further.  Writing
	books isn't high on their list of priorities.  If you'd like to read
	about NLP, I recommend:
	        Using Your Brain--for a CHANGE, by Richard Bandler
	        Frogs into Princes, by Richard Bandler and John Grinder
	        Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson,
	                Vol I, by Bandler and Grinder
		TRANCE-formations, by Grinder and Bandler
		An Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, 
			by Joseph O'Connor

	I hope this was useful.  It was written off-the-cuff after a day in
	the sun :-)  Please feel free to send followup questions.

	- Stever


	Footnote:
	
	(*) This is humor.  \By definition/, only 1 in 10 are in the top 10%.

	Q. Where can I get more information on NLP?
	A. There are a number of ways to learn about NLP.  There are many 
	   books written about NLP.  Here is a short list of some of the 
	   best known books:

		Heart of the Mind - Connirae and Steve Andreas
		Frogs into Princes - Richard Bandler
		Trance-formations - John Grinder
		Use Your Brain for a Change - Richard Bandler
		Neurolinguistic Programming vol. 1 - Dilts
		Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson - Grinder and Bandler
		Structure of Magic vol.1 - Grinder and Bandler
		Structure of Magic vol.2 - Grinder, Bandler, DeLozier
		Turtles All the Way Down - John Grinder
                Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality - Tad James

	   Read the alt.psychology.nlp newsgroup.

	   Appendix A has a number of phone numbers you can call for more
	   information.  The major provider of NLP seminars and books in
	   the U.S. seems to be NLP Comprehensive run by Steve and Connirae
	   Andreas.  Another excellent source is Advanced Neuro Dynamics (AND) 
	   run by Tad James.  They offer trainings in NLP, Hypnosis, Time Line
 	   Therapy, and Huna; their World Wide Web site has some very good
	   introductory material on NLP.  IDHEA Seminars is run by Rex and
	   Carolyn Sikes.  They perform NLP trainings.  Rex is also one of
           the first people certified  as a DHE trainer and Rex and Carolyn
           are the creators of the "Attitude Activator" tape.  The NLP and DHE
           page run by Stever Robbins also has some excellent information.

19.  The People's Network (TPN)
	The following is an advertisment posted by a TPN distributor that 
	describes the purpose and vision of TPN.

	The vision of The People's Network is to form a global partnership, 
	creating an information passageway that offers knowledge from the 
	greatest minds in the world, in an ongoing supportive environment, 
	bringing awareness, purpose, principals and value to all, while 
	stimulating one's imagination and recognizing one's achievements. TPN 
	is more than just a conduit; it is also a movement that gets people 
	involved in the process of personal development.  It is this unique 
	and empowering element that has enlisted the enthusiastic support of 
	the top motivators, educators, and personal development specialists in
	the world. TPN gives to these great minds in a participatory 
	environment that enriches your life beyond your dreams! This venture 
	is heavily financed, supported, and endorsed by these top individuals,
	corporations, and others.	

	Back in 1967 in his book "Grow Rich With Peace of Mind", Napoleon Hill
	wrote, "Someday America will have its very own TV and radio station 
	devoted to just one thing: to teach people in their home, all the 
	essentials of personal achievement."  TPN is committed to the 
	never-ending search for the best within you by providing the greatest 
	minds in the world such as Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, Susan 
	Powter, and Dr. Denise Waitley just to name a few, to fulfill Napolean
	Hill's prophecy.  There are many more with this type of credibility
	and recognizable achievements. (See currently faculty list below)

	In the best selling book "Unlimited Wealth", Paul Z. Pilzer, a faculty
	member of TPN states that the power in America is being redefined by 
	those involved in new technology, communication and distribution.  The
	Peoples Network is at the cutting edge of all three!  The program is 
	professional, packed with credibility, well financed, and is based on 
	a totally unique and consumable concept. Tod Barnhart, a renown 
	financial expert, shows his suppport for TPN on the inside back cover 
	of his new book "The Five Rituals of Wealth".

	TPN and our partners' vision is to build a broadcast network of 
	affiliates (individuals and businesses) who can use TPN's products and
	services to enrich their minds, save money, and/or create wealth for 
	families.  TPN has an experienced and successful management team and a
	dedicated support team (including the partners) that is integrative 
	and prepared to fulfill TPN's vision.  TPN is also one of the most 
	significant new opportunities to come along in quite some time.  By 
	leveraging our collective resources and influence, you can organize 
	and position yourself to take full advantage of the potential profit 
	and influence TPN will generate in the marketplace.  If you don't 
	believe it now, you will soon!

	=================================================
	TPN's Current Faculty/Partners (As of April 1995)
	=================================================

	Jeff Olson, Co-Founder, President and CEO
	Eric Worre, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President

	Dr. Tony Alessander	Richard & Linda Eyre	Keith Klein
	Jim Amos		Major Garretta		Lois Lafond
	Denise Austin		Michael Gerber		Pino Luongo
	Tod Barnhart		Jeffrey Gitomer		Francis X. Maguire
	Les Brown		Dr. Lillian Glass	Larry North
	Mark Bunting		Dr. Lloyd Glauberman	Tim Penny
	Gary Cogill		Ken Hamblin		Paul Zane Pilzer
	Cathy Lee Crosby	Mark Victor Hanson	Susan Powter
	David D'Arcangelo	Cathy Harris		Jim Rohn
	Roger Dawson		Bruce & Kris Jenner	Brian Tracy
	Bonnie St. John Deane	Eric Jensen		Jerry Vass
							Dr. Denis Waitley

	Appendix A has information for contacting TPN.

20.  Physical Health
	Q. What are some ways to increase my physical health and energy?

	A. Many approaches to increasing physical health are available.  One 
	   perspective on this subject that is popular in alt.self-improve is 
	   a philosophy called Natural Hygiene.  The most well-known book on 
	   this topic is by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond called "Fit For Life".
	   This approach to health advocates a vegetarian diet, very few
	   dairy products, an emphasis on natural, unrefined, uncooked foods.
	   Another source of information on this approach is through Tony
	   Robbins' Living Health seminar.  This is available on cassette
	   and is usually presented live as part of his Unlimited Power 
	   Weekend seminar.

	   A number of newsgroups have discussions on this topic, such as:
	   sci.med, sci.med.nutrition, misc.fitness, rec.fitness, 
	   alt.health.ayurveda, misc.health.alternative, misc.health.diabetes,
	   rec.food.veg, rec.food.veg.cooking.

	Q. What are some methods for naturally improving eyesight?
	A. There is a book written by Aldous Huxley called "The Art of Seeing".
	   This book describes the Bates Method for improving your eyesight.
	   Huxley wrote the book because it helped him to dramatically 
	   increase his eyesight naturally.  It is based around specific 
	   exercises that can be performed to return the eye to what is
	   called "state of dynamic relaxation".  The the eye returns to this
	   state it returns it's natural and perfect shape allowing perfect
	   vision to return.

21.  Anthony Robbins
	(Editor's Note: The following comments on Tony Robbins are based on 
	 personal recollections of past discussion in the group and personal 
	 experiences, additional contributions are as always more than 
	 welcome).
	Q. Who is Anthony Robbins?
	A. Anthony Robbins is one of the most prolific self-improvement 
	   personalities currently around.  He is probably best known for
	   his infomercials pitching his 24 cassette self improvement program
	   called "Personal Power" (see the next question).  He is the
	   author of two bestselling books, "Unlimited Power" and "Awaken
	   the Giant Within".  He started his public speaking career giving 
	   seminars with Harvey and Marilyn Diamond (see the section on
	   Physical Health).  Soon they parted company and Tony began 
	   offering seminars on a fairly new subject called Neuro-linguistic
	   Programming.  After a very short training, he began to aggressively
	   promote himself at the "foremost NLP practitioner in the world".
	   For a short time he was a business partner with John Grinder who
	   helped invent NLP.  He began going on television shows like Sally
	   Jesse Raphael and cure people of serious phobias right there on 
	   the spot.  Soon he was asked to write a book and put together a
	   series of tapes based on the live seminars he was giving all around
	   the United States.  His infomercial soon followed, which made him
	   very famous.  Tony is now involved in running at least 8 companies
	   from financial planning to a Fijiian resort to his self-improvement
	   seminar company.  In recent years his schedule has reduced the 
	   number of live seminars he does around the country, but he still
	   does an average of 5-6 seminars a month (see later question).

	Q. What exactly does one learn from a Tony Robbins program?
	A. Tony's programs vary tremendously and have a large scope.  Tony's
	   material varies from changing your values and beliefs to managing
	   your emotional states.  One simple technique he teaches is called
	   "Morning/Eveing Questions".  The idea is that when you wake up in
	   the morning, you ask yourself questions that will put you into
	   a peak state and focus you on the positive, exciting, truly
	   motivating aspects of your life.  For example you might ask,
	   "What am I really excited about in my life?" or "What am I really
	   grateful for in my life?" or "What could I accomplish today that
           would really make life better for myself and those around me?"
	   Tony's philosophies focus on contribution and creating value
	   for others as an integral part of creating success for yourself.  
	   If you create more value for those around you than anyone else and 
	   do it with a sense of fun and enjoyment, how can you fail to be 
	   happy and successful?  
	
	Q. Does the Personal Power tape program (as seen on TV) really work?
	A. As anyone who reads alt.self-improve for very long, you will
	   find that there are many many Tony Robbins enthusiasts in the
	   group.  This question is one of the most frequently asked.  In
	   general when this question is raised, a wide variety of answers
	   are naturally given ranging from "Personal Power totally turned my 
	   life around" to "It's a good program and I got a lot out of it."
	   to "it didn't help me very much."  I've heard very few really 
	   negative responses.  In future versions of this FAQ, we will be
	   include specific comments from people.  The program is fairly 
	   costly ~$179.  Success in this like anything depends very much
	   on one's commitment to follow through and apply what you learn.

	Q. Is attending a live seminar worth the money?
	A. Attending one of Tony Robbins live seminars, as almost any who
	   has been will tell you, is a fairly amazing experience.  Tony is a 
	   vibrant, energetic, and very entertaining speaker.  His shortest 
	   seminar lasts on the order of 10-12 hours (Strategic Influence, 
	   cost ~$179) to the 9-Day Mastery Program (cost, ~$5000).  His 
	   seminars are very high energy and there can be anywhere from 
	   250 - 3000 people attending a single seminar.  In spite of the 
	   large attendance Tony seems to make the seminars very personal and 
	   interactive.  Not everyone who goes feel that it changed their life
	   or that it was an amazing experience (especially those who shell out
           $5000).  General comments are usually very very positive and I 
	   seriously doubt that Tony has lectured to any non-capacity crowds 
	   in the past few years.  I have heard several people say that the 
	   Mastery program was not worth $5000.  Most people seem to feel that
	   seminars such as "Unlimited Power Weekend" and "Strategic 
	   Influence" are fun experiences if not wonderful investments.
	   For information on how to contact Tony Robbins' company see 
	   Appendix A.

22.  Sales and Negotiation
	Q.  I wonder if any of you know anything about using NLP and 
	    learning negotiation skills, or just plain negotiation?

	A.  You have touched on a subject that is very important to me. 
	    Negotiation and NLP are, IMHO, so closely linked that they almost 
	    become one subject. The "ethical outcomes" and "win-win" 
	    approaches that both require naturally complement each other. I 
	    have done much training in negotiation, but am self trained in 
	    NLP techniques, concentrating more on the results I can achieve, 
	    than the technical reasons as to how it works.
	
	    The best, most effective negotiation techniques are those 
	    explained in _Getting to Yes_ by Fry and Ury, and the follow-up 
	    books by the same authors, who work with the Harvard Negotiation
	    Project. Simple guidelines, no "aren't I smart" techniques, and 
	    an easy set of principles to remember. Because they are based on 
	    relationships and long term outcomes, using NLP to build rapport 
	    can only aid the process.
	    (From: imarks@cix.compulink.co.uk ("Ivor Marks"))

23.  Scientology/Dianetics
	Q. What is the Church of Scientology (Dianetics)?

  	A. The Church of Scientology (originally called Dianetics) was founded 
	   by L. Ron Hubbard.  The probable goal of someone in CoS is to 
	   become a "clear".  A "clear" is someone who is free of all 
	   "engrams".  An engram is a trace left by a traumatic experience 
	   that limits your happiness.  The major book on CoS is called 
	   "Dianetics" by L. Ron Hubbard.  For more information about 
	   Dianetics and CoS, check out a separate newsgroup called, 
	   alt.religion.scientology.  It should also be mentioned as a word
	   of caution that many consider Scientology to be a cult and that
	   a number of ex-members report the Church using intimidation and 
	   control tactics while they were members and after they left the
	   Church.  

	   There is a Scientology Orientation Seminar which you can sign up
	   for at your local Church of Scientology (cost $15.00).
	   You can also call 1-800-334-LIFE for more information.

	   For information on the darker side of Scientology see the following
	   Web page.
     	      http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/rnewman/scientology/home.html

24. Software Packages
	Q. What are some software programs that aid in self-improvement?

	A. One of the best selling software packages of all time was Mind 
	   Prober, by Human Edge Software.  I was quite surprised not to see 
	   it mentioned in your list of self-improvement aids.  Human Edge 
	   is now out of business, but there are a few amazing software 
	   packages currently out there that cover each of the areas you 
	   have mentioned: learning and intelligence, motivation, and sales 
	   and negotiation.

	   The best of these are grounded heavily in strongly validated 
	   research in social and behavioral science.  I know that Neuralytic 
	   Systems of Redwood City has put out a brain-builder called IQ 
	   smarts that assesses one's strengths in areas of Analytical 
	   (Abstract/Symbolic), Creative (Lateral/Associative), and 
	   Practical (Problem Solving/Memory) Intelligence.  It then selects 
	   a series of exercises that bring stronger areas to bear on weaker 
	   ones.

	   I believe that Human Edge had also put out products called 
	   Negotiation Advisor, Sales Advisor, and Motivation Advisor.  
	   Whoever bought them out may still own the rights to these 
	   packages.  Those products generate a frightfully accurate 
	   assessment of the personalities of both indivduals involved in 
	   a negotiation and generate a report with incredibly specific 
	   strategies for dealing with the other person.  

    	   I have all of these on my shelves.  Being interactive and adaptive,
	   I have found software to be much more effective than broad global
	   strategies.  Software can provide very individualized solutions 
	   that a book or a set of tapes can not.

   	   (From: roberts108@aol.com (RobertS108))

	   Dr. Delgado has released a 3 hour audio CD covering many of his
  	   health strategies (Tony Robbins quotes from Delgado extensively
	   in his Living Health audio program).  The CD covers: exercise,
	   nutrition, life extension, and disease elimination.  This is
	   available from Seminar Software (See Appendix for more info)

25.  Speed Reading
	Q. How does speed reading work?
	   
	A. Most speed reading courses focus on a number of similar principles.
  	   One major impediment to speed reading is subvocalizing (saying
	   words to yourself while reading).  The motion of the eye is another
	   key factor.  Instead of reading just one word at a time, you are
	   taught to pick up phrases, sentences, lines, or groups of lines in
	   a single glance (depending on the method being taught).  In order
	   to increase comprehension, some methods try to make the user more
	   active in the reading process by having the user take notes in a
	   specific way, ask questions before and after reading, etc.

	   jimw@netcom.com (Jim Whitaker) writes:
	   
	   Speed Reading Made EZ:

	   1) Sit down at a well lit table and sit up straight.

	   2) Take a hardcover book with big easy to read print.
	      preferably not a novel -- some kind of no-brainer non fiction 
	      works best

	   3) Take your finger or a pen and underline the words as you read 
	      them.  Get used to pacing with your finger for a few minutes.

	   4) Now speed up.  Simply move your finger FASTER THAN YOU CAN SOUND
	      OUT THE WORDS.  You probably will not be able to understand what
	      you read.  In fact, if you think you can comprehend what you are
	      reading, speed up till you simply see a blur of words that you 
	      recognize.  If you are having problems and keeps sounding out 
	      the words compulsively -- humm a tune.  This disables your 
	      brain's capacity for verbalizing words.

	   5) Aim your eyes above the line of text you are reading, as if you 
	      were trying to read "between the lines".  This makes it easy to 
	      focus your attention on GROUPS of words rather than your eye 
	      stopping on individual words, which slows you down.  At first 
	      you are not aiming to understand; you are trying to train your 
	      brain to accept that it can see and know what phrases of words 
	      mean simply by looking at them.
   
	   6) Practice this exercise for no more than 15 minutes at a 
	      sittting, no more than one sitting per day, usually after your 
	      morning wake-up ritual when you are at your prime.  If you 
	      practice for more than 15 minutes, you will exhaust the 
	      overworked neurons that are trying to adapt to a new skill, 
	      and will have to wait for 2 to 3 days and restart.  If you try 
	      to push too hard or too fast, your brain hardware will resist 
	      you.

	   7) After 8 or so sessions, your brain will start to abandon trying 
	      to comprehend what you read as "sounds" and instead will 
	      visually grab words and process them in parallel, instead of one
	      at a time.  Typical reading speeds at this point in time are 
	      around 800 to 1500 words per minute.

	   8) The ultimate key to speed reading is realizing that your brain 
	      is learning to process words with the process of seeing them in
	      groups, then processing their meaning.  We are taught to read by
	      seeing words, sounding them out, and then using our spoken 
	      speech hardware to comprehend what we read.  The brain doesn't 
	      need this slow speech step.

	   9) After a number of sessions in which you are comfortable with 
	      this technique, get rid of the finger and use a small brown 
	      index card with three black semicircular dots along one edge on 
	      it.  The black dots tell you where to position your eyes as you 
	      read across the page.  Take this card, and drag it down the 
	      page, scaning each line 123 123 123 123 with your eyes fixating 
	      either on the dots or above the text lines.  With your finger 
	      out of the way, you can pick up some serious speed.  As with 
	      before, don't expect perfect comprehension right away.
   
	  10) Lose the card.  Get in the habit of just scanning with your eyes.
              (If I'm tired, sometimes I still pull out the card.  It's a great
	      crutch.)

 	   There are more techniques for speed than just these.  I used to 
	   crank along at 30K WPM.  This 10 step plan is good for about 3K 
	   WPM or sometimes a little more.  The fantastic rates come from 
	   learning to scan in text essentially out of order, grabbing entire 
	   paragraphs as your eyes pop around them almost at random.

	   Practice Practice Practice.

	   As you read, try to ask questions to yourself about what is going 
	   on, or who the material is suitable for, or something to allow you
 	   to "correlate" it.  If you are not reading with need or potential
	   purpose in mind, your brain won't remember it.  In fact, your brain
	   will not even process it.  It will just see words flying by.
	   The purpose of studying for an exam just doesn't cut it.  You
	   have to try to imagine using the material in the real world, or 
           sifting it for "junk" or planning something to do with it, and
	   considering what effect what you are reading will have on your
 	   plan or your needs.  In short, your brain will slowly get in the
	   habit of "asking questions" at lightning speeds.  It won't even
	   bother to sound these questions out or formulate them -- just
	   instantly come up with them and compare them relative to the
	   material being read.

	   You will remember what you read relative to the questions you
	   thought up as you read the material.

	   Some people try to speed read novels.  Forget it.  It really
	   doesn't work so well.  They become lifeless, because you
	   have to read for "this did happen and this did etc"  Speed-read
	   novels often lose that sense of life.  If you have an exam in a
	   Lit class, then speed reading is for you.  Just expect the novel
	   to be a little less "alive" than it might otherwise be when you
	   otherwise read slowly and can feel the emotions that were conveyed
	   in the words.

	Q. Is speed reading really effective?
	   
        A. The success of speed reading varies from individual to individual
	   and is likely dependent on commitment and practice.  The average 
	   reader reads about 350 words/minute.  After speed reading training,
	   speeds of 500-2000 words/minute are not unlikely.  It is difficult 
	   to measure exactly how this effects comprehension.  I am not 
	   currently aware of scientific studies that show the effectiveness 
	   of speed reading programs.

	Q. What is Photo-Reading?

	A. I took it here in California. I was very disappointed and got a 
	   refund on the class fee.

	   Most of the class time was spent on standard speed reading 
	   techniques, such as preview, skimming, review (they use other terms
	   to describe it).  The 'Photo' part is, as best I could tell, more a
	   gimmick than a real technique. After doing the 'Photo' process you 
	   still have to go back and apply standard reading and/or speed 
	   reading techniques to 'activate' the information. Without the 
	   'activation' step they assert that your 'subconscious' knows the 
	   information but you don't have conscious access to it.

	  The brochure I have from them says "...mentally photograph the 
	  printed page at rates exceeding a page per minute..." but the class
	  teaches, in effect, that's an undeveloped photograph and if you want
	  to know what was in the picture you have to go back and use other 
	  techniques -- skimming if you want a general idea of the material, 
	  and maybe old-fashioned reading and study if you want detailed 
	  understanding. Our instructor wasn't able to demonstrate anything 
	  better than this.

	  In discussing my refund with Peter Bissonette, president of Learning
	  Strategies Inc. which developed Photo Reading, he admitted to me 
	  that's about how it is -- but he still asserted that on the whole
	  it's a more effective reading method than anything else out there. 
	  Maybe so, but the spread between promise versus delivery was too 
	  great for me.

	  It DOES teach some useful (standard) speed reading/learning 
	  techniques. But if you really want to read 12,000 WPM, then 
	  question them very carefully on just what they mean by that
	  claim versus what you're expecting.
	  (From: fluke@netcom.com (Fred Fluke))

	Q. Where can I learn more about speed reading?

	A. The most famous speed reading method is called 'Evelyn Wood's
	   Reading Dynamics'.  You can learn this method through a number
	   mediums including seminars, books, cassette tapes, or computer
	   software.  The number to call for more information is 
	   1-800-447-READ.  A book is also available called "The Evelyn Wood 
	   7 Day Reading & Learning Program" , ISBN 0380 715775, $4.99.
	   A computer software program is also available called "The 
	   Evelyn Wood Dynamic Reader" from Timeworks.  See Appendix A for
	   details.

	   Another program is called 'Speed Learning' from Learn Inc.  They
	   claim their program goes beyond ordinary speed reading.

26. Marshall Sylver
	Q. What is the general opinion of Marshall Sylver's Program "Power,
	   Passion, Profit"?
	A. Nearly all the comments recently have been quite negative about this
	   program, but the number of people who have actually listened and
	   those that have only seen the infomercial is hard to determine.
	   Here are some assorted comments from people who HAVE listened to
	   the tapes:

	   Joe Slattery <pp000586@interramp.com> writes:
	   ...
	   His tapes sound like you're listening to "Eight hours of cliches 
	   on how to get off your butt."  
	   His examples reduce his discussion to incorporate the rare ten 
	   year old who wants Passion, Profit and Power.

	   His section on "Passion", although he says his comments apply to 
	   all relationships, really apply 75-80% to troubled love lives.

	   If you've listened to Tony Robbins as much as I have, you can't 
	   help but notice the virtual quotes.  (Like "the quality of your 
	   life is the quality of your communication", even though that isn't 
	   TR's quote either.)

	   What I did like - he dares to discuss the possibility that being a 
	   nice guy is part of life long success in all areas of life.
	   ...

	   ajop@aol.com (Ajop) writes:
	   ...
	   Yes there are some universal truths that Mr. Sylver covers that 
	   others do.  Why? because they are true and need to be said. Heck, a 
	   lot of Tony's book is based on Bandler and Grinder, which is based 
	   on Erickson.  Take all the good things of the world and time 
	   transform them into an understandable straight to the point program 
	   that gets to the subconscious of people's minds and creates the 
	   change people want , and you have Passion, Profit & Power.
	   ...

27. Time Management
	Q. What are some good books on time management?

	A. One book that has been highly recommended by a number of readers
	   is "Time Power" by Charles Hobbs.  The books helps you explore
	   your belief systems and work towards achieving "congruence" so
	   that your fundamental beliefs, goals, and actions are as free
	   from conflict or contradiction as possible.
	   ------------------------------------------------------------
	   Some other suggestions are:

	   "How to Get Control of your Time and Your Life" by Alan Lakein
	   "Getting Organized" by Stephanie Winston
	   "Overcoming Procrastination" by Albert Ellis
	   "Executive Time Management" by H. Reynolds and Mary Trammel
	   "The Organized Executive" by Stephanie Winston

	   Although some of these cater to business folks, if you grasp the 
	   principle ideas, then you should be able to apply them to any 
	   situation.

	   Alan Lakein's six simple but powerful ideas are helpful:
		1. List goals
		2. Make a Daily To-Do list
		3. Start with the A priorities, not the C's
		4. Ask yourself "What is the Best use of my time right now?"
		5. Handle each piece of paper only once.
		6. Do it now!!!!!!!!!!!

	   You really don't need anything else except your own motivation.
	   Happy Reading!
	   (From: hughes@atlanta.emna.slb.com (Jeff Hughes))

	Q. Is there time management software available?
	A. One program for time management is ASCEND 4.0 for Windows.  This 
	   product is from Franklin Quest.  A 60-day evaluation copy is 
	   available on CompuServe.  Enter "GO FRANKLIN".  The filename is 
	   ASCNEV.EXE

	Q. What time management systems are good?
	A. Here are some comments about various systems:

           jbuchhei@spd.dsccc.com (Jerry Buchheit) writes:
	   I would like to recommend the Day-Planner by Franklin Quest.
	   The organization of it allows me to maintain a wealth of information
	   in ONE place.  I used to be 'organized' with several methods -
	   computer based one at work, a small notebook pocket one for
	   portability, a larger notebook one for space, and a calendar
	   type for appointments.  I found I was 'thrashing' - organizing
	   without really being organized for productivity.

Now that I have placed all of my information in ONE location, I
have facts and data at my fingertips.  I am much more organized
and, I hope, productive.
	

Appendix A.  Resource List
(The following are phone number posted in request to various questions.
 The accuracy of this information has not been verified.  If you have
 corrections or updates please advise one of the editors.)

	Accelerated Learning Assoc.
	50 Aylesbury Road
	Aston Clinton, Aylesbury
	Bucks, England
	Director: Colin Rose

	Advanced Neurodynamics (Tad James)       1-800-800-MIND (6463) [Orders]
						 1-808-941-2021 [Information]
						 email: mind@aloha.com

	Australian Institute of NLP
	P.O. Box 1
	University of Queensland
	St. Lucia, QLD 4067			07 369 2821

	Buzan Centre (USA)			(407) 881-0188
	Buzan Centre (UK)			(0202) 534572

	Church of Scientology			1-800-334-LIFE
	CoCo Systems Ltd. (UK) 			0494 434464 (from the UK)
						+44 494 434464 (from elsewhere)
						0494 431427 (FAX from the UK)
						+44 494 431427 (FAQ elsewhere)
						shammoss@cix.compulink.co.uk

	Est (new organization)			415-882-6300 (San Francisco)
						408-522-9600 (Sacramento)
	Franklin Quest                          1-800-654-1776
						1-800-977-1776
	Guthy-Renker				1-800-274-4910

	IDHEA Seminars (Rex Sikes)              (414) 335-9700
						1-800-739-7453
						(414) 355-4777 (FAX)

	Landmark Education			(415) 882-6300
						(916) 648-1060
						(408) 522-9600
	Life Long Learning Association		519-725-2152


	NLP Books Etc.				1-800-783-1184 (Colorado)
	NLP Comprehensive:			1-800-233-1657
	NLP Meta Publications 			(415) 464-0254 (Voice)
			      			(415) 664-8044 (FAX)
	New Jersey NLP Inst.  			1-800-35-NLPNJ
						(201) 770-1084
	New York Training Inst. for NLP:	(212) 473-2852
	New York Milton H. Erickson Soc.	(212) 628-0287 (Info)
						(212) 505-6141 (Mailing list)
	Nightingale-Conant			1-800-323-5552

	People's Network, The			1-800-799-2713
						904-422-2122 x590 (FAX)

	Robbins Research International (US):	1-800-445-8183
        Robbins Research International (UK):	0044 71 376 0808
	Jim Rohn International			1-800-929-0434

	Seminar Software			(214) 361-4227
	Marshall Sylver				1-800-92-POWER

	Theta Technologies			1-800-395-9148 (order)
						(206) 222-6962 (cust. serv.)
	Timeworks			        708-558-1300
						1-800-323-7744 (order)
	Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics: 		1-800-447-READ (Voice)
						(312) 939-1680 (FAX)

	Zygon Inc 				(206) 885-9200

        Internet resources
	------------------
	Advanced Neurodynamics Web Page (Tad James)
				http://www.aloha.com/~mind/
		    	     or http://www.ilhawaii.net/~tadj/
	Altered States of Consciousness (Hypnosis FAQ)
				http://www.utu.fi/~jounsmed/asc/asc.html
	Big Dreams (hypertext personal/business success newsletter):
				http://www.wimsey.com/~duncans/
	Covey Leadership Center	http://www2.pcy.mci.net/marketplace/covey/
				http://www.ozemail.com.au/~covey/
	Creativity Web Page	http://www.unidata.com/~ucc01/creative.htm
	Forum Graduate Assoc.   http://http://lute.qnet.com/~fgainc
	Institute of HeartMath  http://www.webcom.com/~hrtmath
	Hypnosis Info		http://www.hypnosis.com/
	Mind Gear		http://www.netcreations.com/mindgear/
	Mind Media		http://www.mindmedia.com/
	NLP and DHE		http://www.nlp.com/nlp//
	Option Institue:
			        http://www.human.com/mkt/option/index.html
     				gopher://gopher.human.com/11/option
     				ftp://ftp.human.com/pub/option
     			        email at: option@human.com
	Stellar Business (World Wide Edition):
				http://corp.tig.com/stellar/global/index.html
	SuccessQuest (Magazine for Entrepreneurs):
		Free copies of this on-line magazine may be requested
		by sending email to MAALLEN@DELPHI.COM
	Self Esteem Mailing list:
				self-esteem-self-help@netcom.com. 
	Thought of the Day Mailing List:
				galvin@tam2000.tamu.edu

	Bill Reilly (war@world.std.com) publishes the works of Diane S. Harper
	on _The Awareness Technique_ (TAT) that is an approach to finding one's
	"inner consciousness".  There are three books, the first chapters of
	which are not copyright and may be freely retrieved via ftp from 
	ftp.std.com in directroy /books/Awareness:
	Book 1, Chapter 1 (Multi-Level Awareness) is file b1-1.txt
	Book 2, Chapter 1 (Multi-Plane Awareness) is file b2-1.txt
	Book 3, Chapter 1 (Perfecting the Spirit) is file b3-1.txt
	From gopher go to gopher.std.com and select Booksellers, then The
	Awareness Technique.

Appendix B.  Brief Biographies
(If anyone would like to submit biographical information about personalities
 in the self improvement community please do and help us expand this section,
 please limit submissions to 400-500 words if possible).

	Richard Bandler - Richard, along with John Grinder, is one of the 
	  co-founders of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).    Richard
	  is the creative driving force behind the development of NLP and
	  the new field called Design Human Engineering (DHE) which has 
          evolved from NLP.  In 1988 Richard was arrested for murdering a 
	  dominatrix and was later acquitted.  He is currently teaching 
	  advanced NLP and hypnosis trainings.
	  
	Dr. Stephen Covey - See separate section on Stephen Covey

	John Grinder - John, along with Richard Bandler is one of the
	  co-founders of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).  John brought
	  the expertise in linguistics to the partnership.  John was
	  an expert in Transformational Grammar, which was a basis
	  for their first book (Structure of Magic vol. 1).  

	Tad James - Tad James is a leading trainer of NLP and Hypnosis around 
	  the world.  He heads one of the largest NLP training institutes in 
	  the world.  Tad received a Bachelor's degree in speech and a 
	  Master's degree in Communications from Syracuse University.  He 
	  began his business career managing a radio station in Wisconsin.  In
	  order to become successful as a broadcaster, Tad devoted himself to 
	  learning sales, business, and management.  He married and gradually 
	  developed a successful business career, first in broadcasting and
	  later as a business consultant.  

	  As problems developed in his marriage, he began to seek answers.  He
	  looked to Transcendental Meditation and for a while, it seemed to 
	  solve some of the problems he was dealing with.  His work required a
	  move to Hawaii to manage another radio station, and eventually, with
	  investors, bought a radio a radio station and made more money.  

	  After his first marriage failed, Tad married again and continued his
	  quest for further answers.  He became involved with NLP and Hypnosis
	  and, today, is a Master Trainer of NLP and holds a Ph.D. in 
	  Ericksonian Hypnosis from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.   
	  He is a member of the faculty of the Ericksonian Congress  which is 
	  held bi-annually.

	  Tad is also the developer of Time Line Therapy and is the author of 
	  several books, including, "Time Line Therapy and the Basis of 
	  Personality", "The Secret of Creating Your Future" and "The Lost 
	  Secrets of Ancient Hawaiian Huna".  Tad currently spends his time 
	  teaching seminars all over the world and in addition, recently 
	  became President of the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.

	Anthony Robbins - See separate section on Anthony Robbins.
	
Appendix C. Reader Votes (Books, Audiotapes, and Seminars)

The question frequently comes up about "What do people think of product X?"
This appendix will try to create a fast way of viewing the general opinion.
Obviously no product can be summarized with a single number and hopefully this
won't discourage questions and discussion, just provide a more concise way of
capturing the general view.  You can vote for a book, audiotape, seminar that
you have experience with by sending me a list with your vote.  The easiest way
is to just cut out the list below and put your vote out to the side.  If you
are posting a book review, including a rating on a scale of 1-10 and I'll add
it to this list automatically.  So far, this list just includes things I have
read or that I could think of right off the top of my head.  I'll keep adding
to the list based on your feedback (all votes so far are mine - so much for
anonymity).

Books							     Avg./Voters
-----							     -----------
As a Man Thinketh (Allen)				  	9.25/2
Three Magic Words (Anderson)				  	4.0/1
Frogs into Princes (Bandler, Grinder)			  	9.5/1
Structure of Magic (vol. 1) (Bandler, Grinder)		  	8.75/2
Structure of Magic (vol. 2) (Bandler, Grinder)			4.0/1
Use Your Brain For a Change (Bandler, Grinder)		  	9.0/1
The Magic of Rapport (Michael Brooks)  				8.5/1
Procrastination (Burka, Yuen)				  	5.0/1
Genius (Buzan)							5.5/1
Make The Most of Your Mind (Buzan)			  	7.25/2
Speed Reading (Buzan)					  	6.25/2
Use Both Sides of Your Brain (Buzan)			  	6.5/1
Use Your Perfect Memory (Buzan)				  	7.0/1
The Artist's Way (Cameron and Bryan)				10.0/1
How to Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie)              6.8/7
Wealthy Barber, The (Chilton)				
Creating Affluence (Chopra)				  	9.5/1
Perfect Health (Chopra)					  	6.0/2
Quantum Healing (Chopra)				  	7.5/2
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Cialdini)		10.0/1
Richest Man in Babylon (Clason)				  	9.0/1
You Can Negotiate Anything (Cohen)				
First Things First (Covey,Merill, Merill)		  	9.47/3
7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey)		  	8.57/7
Principle Centered Leadership (Covey)			  	7.5/1
DeBono's Thinking Course (de Bono)				9.5/1
I Am Right You are Wrong (de Bono)			  	7.5/1
Lateral Thinking (deBono)				  	7.83/3
Use of Lateral Thinking (deBono)			  	7.0/1
Fit for Life (Diamond, Diamond)				  	6.75/2
Fit for Life II: Living Health (Diamond, Diamond)	  	6.75/2
Your Money or Your Life (Dominguez and Robin)			8.0/2
Gifts From Eykis (Dyer)					
No More Holiday Blues (Dyer)
Pulling Your Own Strings (Dyer)					6.0/1
Real Magic (Dyer)
Sky's The Limit (Dyer)
Your Erroneous Zones (Dyer)				  	6.0/2
You'll See It When You Believe It (Dyer)			6.0/1
Overcoming Procrastination (Ellis)
The Evelyn Wood 7 Day Speed Reading and Learning Program (Frank)
Man's Search For Meaning (Frankl)			  	8.33/4
Creative Visualization (Gawain)					6.5/2
Financial Self Defense (Givens)
Super Self: Doubling Your Personal Effectivenss (Givens)
Wealth Without Risk (Givens)				  	7.0/1
How to Audition for Film and TV (Renee Harmon)			8.0/1
You Can Heal Your Life (Hay)					5.0/1
Choices (Helmstetter)						8.5/1
Master Keys to Riches (N. Hill) 				9.5/1
Think and Grow Rich (N. Hill)				  	8.0/5
Time Power (Hobbs)					  
Dianetics (Hubbard)					  	4.0/3
Mega Brain (Michael Hutchinson)					6.0/1
Mega Brain Power (Michael Hutchinson)				8.0/1
The Lost Secrets of Ancient Hawaiian Huna (Tad James)           
Secret of Creating Your Future (Tad James)			4.0/1
Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality (Tad James)	
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Jeffers)			8.5/1
Survival: A Manual on Manipulating (William Jones)              8.0/1
Happiness is a Choice (Barry Neil Kaufman)			10.0/2
To Love is to Be Happy With (Barry Neil Kaufman)		10.0/2
Breakthrough Rapid Reading (Kump)
How to Take Control of Your Time and Your Life (Lakein)   	8.75/2  
Profiles of Genuis (Jean Landrum)				
Mastery (Leonard)						8.0/1
Thinking Better (Lewis, Greene)				 
Psycho-Cybernetics (Maltz)					7.88/4
Greatest Salesman in the World (Mandino)			6.33/4
Greatest Reaches of Human Nature (Maslow)			9.0/1
Mastering the Information Age (McCarthy)			9.0/1
Always at Ease (McCullough)				  	2.0/1
Time Management for Unmanageable People (McGee-Cooper,Trammel)
Life 101 (Peter McWilliams)					9.0/1
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman)			8.5/1
Unlimited Selling Power (Donald Moine and Kenneth Lloyd)        9.0/1
The Power of Positive Thinking (Peale)				8.0/1
The Road Less Traveled (Peck)					8.75/2
Age of Propaganda (Pratkanis and Aronson)                       7.0/1
Outrageous Betrayal: Werner Erhand's Dark Journey from est 
		to Exile (Stephen Pressman)
Don't Shoot the Dog (Pryor)					7.0/1
Executive Time Management (Reynolds, Trammel)
Magic of Rapport (Jerry Richardson)				9.0/1
Awaken the Giant Within (A. Robbins)			  	8.13/4
Giant Steps (A. Robbins)				  	7.5/1
Unlimited Power (A. Robbins)				  	9.25/4
Do You Really Need Eyeglasses (Rosanes-Berrett)			
Overcoming Indecisiveness (Rubin)				8.5/1
Wishcraft (Sher)
I Could Do Anything if I Only Knew What It Was (Sher)		5.0/1
10 Natural Laws of Time and Life Management (Hyrum Smith)     
Accelerating (R. Sterling)
Maximum Achievement (Brian Tracy)
Hope and Help for Your Nerves (Claire Weeks)
Getting Organized (Winston)
Secrets of Closing the Sale (Ziglar)
See You At the Top (Ziglar)					8.0/1
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!				8.0/1


Audio Tape Programs						Avg./Voters
------------------
Succeeding Through Inner Strength (Nathaniel Branden)		
Power of Persuasion (Roger Dawson)
Basic NLP Practioner Training (Tad James)			9.5/1
Personal Power (Anthony Robbins)			  	9.0/2
PowerTalk (Anthony Robbins)				  	10.0/1
Unlimited Power (Anthony Robbins)			  	9.0/1
Power, Passion, Profit (Marshall Sylver)
Action Strategies for Personal Achievement (Brian Tracy)
Psychology of Achievement (Brian Tracy)				6.0/1
Mega-memory (Kevin Trudeau)					5.0/1
Psychology of Winning (Dennis Waitley)	    			6.5/2


Seminars
--------
The Forum
Lifespring Basic						9.0/1
Lifespring Advanced						8.0/1
Photoreading
Breakthrough to Inner and Outer Influence (Tad James)
Huna Introduction - The Lost Secrets of the Ancient Hawaii (Tad James)
Secret of Creating Your Future (Tad James)
Time Line Therapy Training (Tad James)
Mastery (A. Robbins)
Date With Destiny (A. Robbins)
Strategic Influence (A. Robbins)			  	9.5/1
Unlimited Power Weekend (A. Robbins)			  	10.0/1

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