Time Line Therapy and The Basis of Personality, by Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall, is a masterpiece of a metodology of communication named Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). The fact is Tad James took advantage of Richard Bandler and John Grinder's research and developed a science.
The basis is how people store memories, «and the effect that the system used for the storage of memories has on the personality of the individual». The Time Line concept is a notion of time that we have stored in our minds, shapes and structures our experience of the world, and therefore shapes our personality.
|Tad James, PhD|
We get an external event, then we filter it, making an internal representation, that causes us a state (an internal emotion: state of happiness, sadness, motivation, etc.). After that comes a behavior, caused directly by the state, with an associated physiology.
Is a must read book. I assure you'll never be the same after reading it. Don't lose an opportunity to learn and, more than that, understand yourself.