Terms and Definitions

Name Description

Meeting with romantic prospects.

Deep Structure

The complete linguistic form of the statement from which the Surface Structure (what is actually said) is derived. In general it is the invisible structure which gives rise to a particular visible form.


Omitting a portion of one's experience in language or thought.


Varying between states in a binary fashion. On or off. Digital sub-modalities vary between extremes, such as black and white, as opposed to shades of gray.

Dissociated State

Experiencing, seeing, or hearing an experience from outside oneself.


Being outside an experience. Experiencing as a disaffected observer. Contrasts with association.


Changing one's experience or making it different in some way. Changing the meaning of one's experience to be consistent with one's beliefs or perceptions.


Being In a light trance with your attention focused inwards on your own state.


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.

Flow State

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.

Inner Game

An acquired and embodied skill for a game or life pursuit achieved through many years of visualization and kinesthetic rehearsal.


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.