If the one constant in life is change, and if NLP is all about facilitating positive change, then shouldn't we as NLPers understand the nature of change, types of change, and when each type is effective? In this blog entry, I want to talk about several types of Change of the First Order.
Like me, you may have friends and connections on a mission to "raise consciousness", as though this would be the solution to the world's problems. Other friends of mine never give consciousness a thought, or simply just dismiss the topic of consciousness as something new age people talk about a lot.
What is that elusive Flow State?
What is the Inner Game?
As I network and work to build a grass roots community that can use aspects of NLP with autism, I find it very powerful to work with metaphors to get the creative juices flowing in myself and in the people I meet.
Through metaphors or stories, it becomes easier to recruit and enlist the imaginative faculties and resources of all kinds of people. It puts us in an interested and learning state. Working with metaphors it also helps us to stand apart from the subject of autism, and view it objectively, not as a noun, but as a set of processes within a system.
NLP Changes the Brain by Changing Thoughts
Rewiring the brain is at the heart of what Neuro-Linguistic Programming does effectively. Through the power of language, old ways and habits are unlearned while new ways and habits are formed. This unlearning and learning are natural processes, but are directed willfully and more effectively and efficiently with the assistance of NLP.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz has said: "It is the brains astonishing power to learn and unlearn, to adapt and change, to carry with it the inscriptions of our experience.
The Yang of Language Patterns
The Meta-Model is also known as the language of precision, or precision language, which addresses the common tendency of people to sometimes overgeneralize, distort or delete information as we speak and write.
The NLP term "Sleight of Mouth" came into being through Robert Dilts' observations of Richard Bandler, who was expert at responding to complex equivalent (X means Y) challenges in ways that quickly reframed that challenge to provide an alternate meaning, and steered the dialogue in a new direction.
"You are late again, and that means you don't care!"
One could simply apologize for being late, but that would not address the meaning the other person has attached to the lateness. Sleight of Mouth patterns do this.
The Yin of Language Patterns
The Milton-Model was named for Milton Erickson by the NLP founders, who were introduced to Milton Erickson by Gregory Bateson. The Milton Model is a broad variety of persuasive and hypnotic language patterns that move one from the specific toward the general in search of solutions that have been overlooked under one's present model or map of the world.
An important aspect of learning is the developed ability to see things from multiple points of view. To only see things from one's own point of view makes one narrow-minded indeed.
Seeing things from multiple angles is crucially important for NLP practitioners, but also vital for all kinds of personal relationships as well. NLP formaly names these positions: