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Verbal Judo, as developed by Dr. George Thompson

Somehow I came across the first video listed below, watched it, and was impressed. Then I went looking to see if I could find more. I think the others are mostly from a one or two day course, but I haven't tried to put them in order as they were given during the course--it might be possible, but it's sort of like a jigsaw puzzle.

I've tried to look up some of his books and reviews. I found the reviews for only one of his books so far, on Goodreads. I was surprised by the negative comments. I suspect his message may come across better in the videos than in his books.

At some point I'd like to try to summarize his message (while obviously leaving out a lot of what I consider important details). As a first attempt, his message is that a peace officer should be exactly that, an officer of peace. Something like an old time Japanese Samurai--egoless, representing the law to the people, and trying to maintain the peace.

IMHO, all police officers and people higher in the hierarchy (including mayors, city council members, congressmen, senators (at the state and federal level)), and governors and the president should be given a thorough exposure to this training.

Likewise teachers, students, doctors, nurses, and, really, everybody. I got my first / best understanding of what it means to be professional from these videos.

20170502: Comment (rhk) / digression on this site as a memory / learning aid

I'm sort of amazed--I totally forgot about ever having viewed these videos or having any familiarity with Verbal Judo or George Thompson (well, except that I, like probably most people have my own examples of having used (sometimes successfully) the essential features of Verbal Judo without knowledge thereof). So without remembering anything about it, earlier this year (maybe February?) I came across Verbal Judo again, this time in book form, and arranged to borrow the book from the local library and read it. Nothing in any of that led me to remember anything about this past encounter with Verbal Judo. Like I said, I'm amazed, and wondering / worried if this is a fairly normal / common occurrence for all of us, or is this a symptom of something like Alzheimers? (I did attempt to participate in some Alzheimer drug "studies" about a year ago, and I was rejected because I mentally "functioned" (mcow) too well. The "clinician" and her supervisor who rejected me speculated (mcow) that maybe I was so well educated or something along those lines that maybe my memory and mental function has deteriorated sufficiently for the purposes of their study, but that the "instruments" they use to try to determine that were not adequate for the purpose.)

On the other hand, this site (WikiLearn) and my local wiki-like / AskSam like "application" with megabytes of my notes may turn out to be partially a waste of time--I mean, I would have thought that, by writing all these notes, so many in my own words, my memory and learning would be reinforced. (This and my local notes still have value as a source / repository of my "knowledge" in some sense in that, in most cases, the notes reflect a (sometimes only partially) digestion of things I've read, heard, or learned somehow for myself.

Further aside: My "new learning" this year even extended to a repeated observation that the idea that a police officer should be egoless, representing the law to the people, and trying to maintain the peace is my first / best understanding of what it means to be professional. I mean, how can I forget something like that?

Some even more vague / esoteric comments, mostly to myself--ignore

I want to remind myself that I even made a new entry in my offline wiki / askSam -like thing (that I often refer to, when talking to myself, as "askRhk") on the subject--i.e., even the act of writing about Verbal Judo again didn't trigger my memory of having encountered and written about Verbal Judo (here) before.

I want to remember that, especially when I start making new pages on WikiLearn, that I may want to have, for most pages, something like a talk page (ala Wikipedia) in which, among other things, I'd try to isolate all of my little (or big) digressions that aren't really relevant or useful for others to read on the subject of the WikiLearn page. This would include things like excuses for why the main WikiLearn page isn't as "perfect" as I wish it was wink



Videos and Other Links

This is my most recent attempt to try to put these in the original sequence. Somehow I'm pretty sure of the first three. I'm also pretty sure of the last two--I suspect the VJ 14 and VJ 15 were efforts by the original recorder / uploader to name them with names reflecting the original sequence. (Too bad he didn't do that for all of them.) The numbers in the far left column of the line above each video reflect the sequence that the original uploader (RedmannVideos) put them in a playlist he created. He then repeated some of them, which makes me think he didn't list them necessarily in the original sequence but instead in a sequence in which he wanted to watch them, for whatever reason. (Note that he repeats some of them a 2nd time.)

The notes after some of the videos are clues that I thought I'd note from the videos which might help me or someone else reconstruct the original sequence.

For someone watching them for the first time, I'd recommend a different sequence--start with the Overview, then view VJ 14 and VJ 15 (which will show you, I hope, the power of the techniques), then go back and view the rest, perhaps in the sequence I've shown here--they will give you more of the background on why the techniques are suggested and work. (Note that the 2nd "Three Types of People" simply consists of the 1st "Three Types of People" followed by "Verbal Deflectors".)

01 c1

02 c2 03 c3 07 cd 06 cc 09 cb 05 cg 08 ce 04 h 10 c14 11 c15

The next video is a duplicate of two of the above and does not need to be watched (or, obviously, watch this, and not the "original" "Three Types of People" nor the "Verbal Deflectors"). cf

  • VJ Three Basic Types of People 2--includes VJ Three Basic Types of People followed by VJ Verbal Deflectors--mentions no.2, a second way of creating musin, so this is presumably after the first one that mentions musin

Links to presentations by others

  • Verbal Judo p1--with people other than George--not nearly as useful, especially because he had slides projected on a screen that can't be read in the video


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