Name Description

An exploration of the overall consequences of your thoughts and actions in the total network of relationships in which you are integrated.


Drawing out what is important through rapport and questioning skills./nlp-term-elicit

Embedded Command

A command disguised inside a longer sentence.


The where and when of our experiences, including whom we are with.Environment is one of the Neurological Levels.


The study of how we know what we know. NLP is one epistemological discipline from the point of how experience is coded in our neurology.

Eye Accessing Cues

Movement of the eyes in certain recognizable directions, which for most people indicate visual, auditory or kinesthetic neurological processing.

First Position

Perceiving the world only from one's own point of view.Being in touch with one's own inner reality.


Having many choices of thought and behavior towards an outcome.One of the pillars of NLP.


A method of hypnotic induction (Vogt's fractionation method) where the subject is partially relaxed then roused and asked to recount the experience.Then the hypnosis continues again, with the therapist feeding back the recounted experience and leading the patient still deeper.The cycle of arousal and relaxation continues until the subject achieves the desired depth.

Future Pace

Process of rehearsing a future experience before it happens. One of the key processes for ensuring the permanence of an outcome, and a component of most NLP interventions.


The process of using a few prototypical experiences to neurologically classify all experience.


Memories connected neurologically with similar emotions.


To do with the sense of taste.


A very relaxed and suggestible state where one's consciousness is turned inward, and free association and learning can occur on a subconscious level.


One's self image or self concept.Who you understand yourself to be.Identity is one of the Neurological Levels.

In Time

Perceiving a timeline where the past is behind, and the future is in front, with the "now" is presently experienced in the body.


State of being out of rapport with oneself, experiencing an internal conflict as expressed in one's behavior. Incongruence may be expressed sequentially or simultaneously.


The process of leading oneself or another into trance.


Process for putting a new mental strategy in place inside the mind-body so that it operates automatically.Achieved through NLP processes of anchoring, leverage, metaphors, reframing, future pacing, etc.

Internal Dialog

Talking to oneself.


Tactile sensations and internal feelings, including remembered sensations, emotions and sense of balance.

Lead System

The representational system one uses to access stored information.E.g.a picture of a childhood acquaintance will evoke many memories of past times together.


Causing another person to follow your behavior, based on having established rapport.

Map of Reality

Each individual's unique representation of the world, constructed of their individual perceptions and experiences, filtered by their beliefs.


Adopting parts of another's behavior, skills, beliefs or values to intentionally enhance rapport.


A framework out of which something develops. Literally means "womb".


The skill to resolve a dispute between other parties.

Meta Model

A language model based on universal modelling principles.A set of language patterns and questions that link one's language with one's experience.

Meta Program

Mental and perceptual programs that that govern attention, filtering, and prioritization of stimuli in our inner and outer awareness.

Meta State

State about a state, e.g.anger about cowardice, joy in revenge, indifference about empowerment.


Indirect communication by story or figure of speech, implying a comparison.In NLP a metaphor includes similes, stories, parables and allegories.

Milton Model

Named after Milton Erickson. The inverse of the Meta Model. Using artfully vague language patterns to pace another person's experience and access unconscious resources.

Mind Read

Presuming to know the intentions or inner state of another person without stating whereby one came by that knowledge.


Using patterns of behavior different from the other person to deliberately redirect, interrupt or bring an end to an interpersonal interaction.

Modal Operator

A mode of operating in the world, revealed in linguistics in connection with another verb, such as "have to ___", "want to ___", "must ___", "need to ___", "should ___", or "supposed to ___".


The process of discerning the sequence of ideas and behavior that enables another person to accomplish a task. Modeling is the basis of all NLP. What one person can do can be modeled by others.