Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

clean language, revisited

Perhaps the most noticeable benefit of this type of therapy is that the client gets to increase their awareness of their own process. They become observers of their own repeating patterns. They make connections between the symbolic pattern and their everyday life. This separates them from their 'stuff' and allows new perspectives and insights.

David Grove deliberately 'marks out' his use of Clean Language through changes to his normal way of speaking:
  • The speed of his delivery is slower than half normal pace

  • He uses a slightly deeper tonality than normal speaking

  • He often uses a distinctive sing-song rhythm

  • There is an implied sense of curiosity and wonder in his voice

  • The client's idiosyncratic pronunciation, emphasis, sighs etc. are matched

The aim is for the client to gather information about their own subjective experience, not necessarily for the therapist to understand it. Attempting to understand the client's experience is replaced with tracking the inherent symbolic process and structure.

The therapist asks questions on behalf of the information sources, staying strictly within the metaphor. Thus this process is not client-centred, it is information-centred.

Common by-products of being asked Clean Language questions are: a state of self-absorption (often an eyes-open trance develops); a sense of connecting with some deep, rarely explored aspects of ourselves; and a sense of wonder, curiosity and awe at the marvellous ingenuity of our unconscious.


When asked questions, I find it fairly easy to go into that self-absorbed awe mode! I think I'm rather hard to hypnotize, but easy to clean language. I wonder whether that's unusual.
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