Uptime / Downtime

More on Meta-Programs In processing information, some people tend to major on the internal realm of their own subjectivity (Downtime), while others focus mainly on the external world (Uptime). When you watch a movie are you primarily aware of the events as they occur (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic), or do you reflect internally (Downtime) and find […]

Agree / Disagree

More on Meta-Programs With regard to the matching / mismatching Meta-Program (#2), people relate to one another is different ways. There are those who seek out the common ground and look for areas of compatibility when dealing with people, things that they can agree about.  Other people seem driven to be argumentative, and are constantly […]

Representational System Sort

More on Meta-Programs Our brains think or create thoughts by receiving information through our senses and then relaying that information back to the world around us. We “see” pictures, “hear” sounds, and “feel” sensations. In NLP, these sensory systems are known as the representational systems that form the building blocks of thought. If you were […]

Match / Mismatch

More on Meta-Programs There are generally two ways of operating when it comes to working with and comparing data when we are first presented with new information. We can either look for what matches our existing knowledge, or we can look for what is new to our frame of reference, what differs from it.  This […]

Chunk Up / Chunk Down

More on Meta-Programs People prefer to think, communicate and learn (as examples) in varying size “chunks” of information. There are primarily two types of strategies here, with a third taking a minor role. Some people like to start with the big picture and gradually narrow down their focus. If they were planning a vacation for […]

Meta-Programs: Questions & Answers

What are Meta-Programs? In many NLP training programs, you”ll probably hear the following statements: “Meta-Programs can be thought of as the primary programs that govern people”s mental processes.” “It is useful not to think of Meta-Programs as nouns, as the name might imply.”  “Rather than describing what people are, Meta-Programs help us understand how people […]

Introduction to the Meta-Programs

Human beings are complex creatures. Our capacities for dreaming, reason, logic, decision-making and problem-solving are quite extraordinary. It so happens that the source of our great strength is also often the source of our great weakness. As is the case with many powerful instruments, they can be used to bring about incredible good or to […]

Modeling and the Future

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”- Abraham Lincoln The problem with NLP today is that most people go into it only for the money, not for improving the field. The fact is that, as a potentially recognized profession, it does not have a solid future. Maybe […]

Physiology and Models

“Ah, mastery, what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills, and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.”- Gail Sheehy  State: There is a fuzzy boundary between a model and the physiology that drives us […]

The Subconscious and Models

“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”- James Allen In Frogs into Princes, Bandler and Grinder state that modeling is not about what people say, it”s about what people do. But it is also about what people experience. You cannot know everything about a person”s state just by looking […]

Fundamental Steps

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people”- Will Rogers When you model someone, it helps to follow these basic steps: Eliciting strategies: Here you consider various aspects of the person”s thinking and behavior. You are deconstructing their success into discrete pieces of information. Your […]

Meta-Programs and Modeling

We also use the word model when we talk about a person”s “model of the world.” This is similar to the scientist”s model of how something works, but it is more informal and may be largely unconscious. It is generalizations about the nature of things. People draw upon such generalizations in making decisions and interpreting […]

The Essence of Modeling

“We Learn . . . 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience, 95% of what we teach others.”- William Glasser Bandler”s gift for modeling was perhaps the most powerful initial […]

The Unconscious

“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”- Sigmund Freud An understanding of the unconscious is crucial to NLP methodology. Patterns II: NLP was inspired by the Milton model and recognizes that the unconscious is responsible […]

The Importance of Modeling

Good training flows from good models; it manifests those models in its approach to teaching as well as its content. If models were not important, you could learn everything you need regarding NLP from courses.   Would you rather learn a collection of techniques, or have the same abilities as those Bandler used in creating the […]

Types of NLP Practitioners

You don’t have to spend much time among NLP practitioners to notice that they are quite diverse. I”m not referring to their ethnicities or religions. I”m talking about their skills and attitudes about NLP. I want you to do two things with this section. First, identify which category you best fit. Then, consider these categories when you […]

Congruency: Getting NLP

Congruence is a major concept and concern in NLP. It is a gateway into the spirit of NLP. People are congruent when their body language says the same things as their words. They are congruent when they are practicing what they preach.  This means that a person who benefits from NLP develops a personality and […]

NLP Today

“If you steal from one author it”s plagiarism; if you steal from many it”s research.”- Wilson Mizner Much of NLP training and writing today resembles the early formulation of NLP. Over time, patterns and ideas have been added, but this is mostly window dressing when compared to the core of NLP that first developed. Some […]

Research on NLP

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”- Albert Einstein The anarchic nature of NLP does not lend it to research, and there is no substantial body of research that tests the effectiveness of NLP. However, there are studies that look at aspects of NLP. They […]

The Heart of NLP?

“Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.”- Author Unknown By 1976, they added the concepts of non-verbal information (communication that takes place subconsciously) and representational systems (the ways our thoughts are made up of our senses). These concepts were used to model people, as well as in developing patterns for intervention. […]

Drawing from Great Minds

“Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.”- Albert Einstein Linguistics NLP drew a great deal from linguistics. Because NLP got its start with a very psychological perspective, an important aspect of linguistics in NLP has to do with how […]

A Brief History of NLP

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.”- Edward R. Murrow Lack of Proper Definition NLP is difficult to define, because it takes on different forms, depending upon how you are exposed to it. This lesson will help you understand NLP by providing a brief history that puts the main ideas into context. Although NLP has […]

What is Category Rapport-Building?

Done properly, you may actually win the respect of a blamer by acting like a blamer, but this is advanced. You have to be in that style without putting the blamer on the defensive, so pacing the blamer style means adopting that kind of critical attitude and intensity WITHOUT causing the blamer to feel that […]

What about Flexibility?

An important part of the Satir model is that people need to develop flexibility in their styles, so that they are not locked into one. With more flexibility, people can adapt to more situations, and can solve more interpersonal problems. They can certainly create less personal problems with that flexibility. So while the leveler sounds […]