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WHAT IS NLP: A MODEL OF COMMUNICATION AND PERSONALITY
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) began as a
model of how we communicate to ourselves and others which was
developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. This model
explains how we process the information that comes into us from
the outside. The belief is that "The map is not the territory."
And so the internal representations that we make about an
outside event are not necessarily the event itself.
Typically, what happens is that there is an external event
and we run that event through our internal processing. We make
an Internal Representation (I/R) of that event. That I/R of the
event combines with a physiology and creates a state. "State"
refers to the internal emotional state of the individual -- a
happy state, a sad state, a motivated state, and so on. Our I/R
includes our internal pictures, sounds and dialogue, and our
feelings (for example, whether we feel motivated, challenged,
pleased, excited, and so on). A given state is the result of the
combination of an internal representation and a physiology. So
what happens is that an event comes in through our sensory input
channels which are:
Including the sights we see or the way
someone looks at us;
Including sounds, the words we hear and the
way that people say those words to us (unless you specifically
want variety in form);
Or external feelings which include the
touch of someone or something, the pressure, and texture;
Which is smell; and
Which is taste.
The external event comes in through out
sensory input channels and it is filtered -- we process the
event. As we process the event, we delete, distort, and
generalize the information that comes in, according to any
number of several elements that filter our perception.
Deletion occurs when we selectively pay
attention to certain aspects of our experience and not others.
We then overlook or omit others. Without deletion, we would be
faced with much too much information to handle with our
Distortion occurs when we make shifts in
our experience of sensory data by making misrepresentations of
reality. In Eastern philosophy there is a well-known story of
distortion in the rope versus snake analogy. A man walking along
the road sees what he believes to be a snake and yells "SNAKE."
However, upon arriving at that place he is relieved as he
discovers that what he sees is really only a piece of rope.
Distortion also helps us in the process of
motivating ourselves. The process of motivation occurs when we
actually distort the material that has come into us that has
been changed by one of our filtering systems.
The third process is generalization, where
we draw global conclusions based on one or two experiences. At
its best, generalization is one of the ways that we learn, by
taking the information we have and drawing broad conclusions
about the meaning of the effect of those conclusions.
Normally, the conscious mind can only handle 7 (plus or minus
2) items of information at any given time. Of course, many
people can't even handle this number, and I know people who are
a "1 (Plus or minus 2)." How about you? Try this: Can you name
more than 7 products in a given product category, say
cigarettes? Most people will be able to name 2, maybe 3 products
in a category of low interest and usually no more than 9 in a
category of high interest. There is a reason for this. If we
didn't actively delete information all the time, we'd end up
with much too much information coming in. In fact, you may have
even heard that psychologists say that if we were simultaneously
aware of all of the sensory information that was coming in, we'd
go crazy. That's why we filter the information.
So, the question is, when two people have the same stimulus,
why don't they have the same response? The answer is, because we
delete, distort, and generalize the information from the
We delete, distort and generalize the information that comes
in from our senses based on one of five filters. The filters
are, Meta Programs, belief systems, values, decisions, and
The first of these filters is Meta
Programs. Knowing someone's Meta Programs can actually help you
clearly and closely predict people's states, and therefore
predict their actions. One important point about Meta Programs:
they are not good or bad, they are just the way someone handles
The next filter is values. They are
essentially an evaluation filter. They are how we decide whether
our actions are good or bad, or right or wrong. And they are how
we decide about how we feel about our actions. Values are
arranged in a hierarchy with the most important one typically
being at the top and lesser ones below that. We all have
different models of world (an internal model about the world),
and our values are the result of our model of the world. When we
communicate with ourselves or someone else, if our model of the
world conflicts with our values or their values, then there's
going to be a conflict. Richard Bandler says, "Values are those
things we don't live up to."
Values are what people typically move
toward or away from (see Meta Programs). They are our
attractions or repulsion's in life. They are essentially a deep,
unconscious belief system about what's important and what's good
or bad to us. Values change with context too. That is, you
probably have certain values about what you want in a
relationship and what you want in business. Your values about
what you want in one and in the other may be quite different.
And actually, if they're not, it's possible that you may have
trouble with both. Since values are context related, they may
also be state related, although values are definitely less
related to state than are beliefs.
The next filter is beliefs. Beliefs are
generalizations about how the world is. One of the important
elements in modeling is to find a person's beliefs about the
particular behavior we are trying to model. Richard Bandler says
"Beliefs are those things we can't get around." Beliefs are the
presuppositions that we have about the way the world is that
either create or deny personal power to us. So, beliefs are
essentially our on/off switch for our ability to do anything in
the world. In the process of working with someone's beliefs,
it's important to elicit or find out what beliefs they have that
cause them to do what they do. We also want to find out the
disabling beliefs, the ones that do not allow them to do what
they want to do.
The fourth element is our memories. In
fact, some psychologists believe that as we get older, our
reactions in the present are reactions to gestalts (collections
of memories which are organized in a certain way) of past
memories, and that the present plays a very small part in our
The fifth element, and related to memories,
is decisions that we've made in the past. Decisions may create
beliefs, or may just affect our perceptions through time. The
problem with many decisions is that they were made either
unconsciously or at a very early age, and are forgotten.
These filters will determine our internal representation of
an event that is occurring right now. It is our internal
representation that puts us in a certain state, and creates a
certain physiology. The state in which we find ourselves, will
determine our behavior.
Remember that in this model the map, the I/R, is not the
territory. Our every experience is something that we literally
makeup inside our heads. We do not experience reality directly,
since we are always deleting, distorting, and generalizing.
Essentially, what we do experience is our experience of the
territory and not the territory itself.
As early as the late 60's and early 70's communication
studies indicated that nonverbal behavior played an important
role in communication: (Mehrabian,
A and R. Ferris (1967), 'Inference of attitudes from non-verbal
communication in two channels', The Journal of Counselling
Psychology, 31, pp 248-52; Argyle, M, F. Alkema and R. Gilmour
(1970), 'The communication of friendly and hostile attitudes by
verbal and non-verbal signals', European Journal of Social
Psychology, 1, pp 385-402; Birdwhistle, R (1970), 'Kinesics and
Context', Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania).
Researchers determined that just 7% of what we communicate is
the result of the words that we say, or the content of our
communication. 38% of our communication to others is a result of
our verbal behavior, which includes tone of voice, timbre,
tempo, and volume. 55% of our communication to others is a
result of our nonverbal communication, our body posture,
breathing, skin color and our movement. The match between our
verbal and non-verbal communication indicates the level of
HOW DO YOU ACCESS POSITIVE STATES?
Based on the information so far, we are ready now, to
discover how to put people into state. Actually, if you did the
rapport exercise, you already know how to put people into state.
The process of going into rapport with someone does indeed put
them into. In fact, if you're pacing and leading the person,
just your going into a state will put them into that state.
(Remember, a state is made up of an I/R. and a physiology.)
So the first step in putting people into state is to
establish rapport. The second step is to put yourself into the
state you want to establish in them.
The next step is to say, "Can you remember a time when you
were?.. (the state you want them to access)." For example, "Can
you remember a time when you made a decision easily and quickly,
when you were totally decisive?.. (for decisiveness)." Or, "can
you recall a time when you purchased something that you were
very happy with?.. (for buying state)."
What will happen is that people will literally go inside and
do a search of their memory to discover that particular time. If
you have them do enough of that (such as happy buying state),
they will connect (or link) you to that state.
The question may come up, what if they're resistant, or ask
you, "Why are you asking me this stuff?" I had that happen once
when I was signing up a new client. And I was asking him to
recall all sorts of outrageous stuff. He said, "I can't believe
I'm sitting here answering all your crazy questions!" I said, "I
know! I can't believe it either! Why are you doing that?" He
answered, "You know, I just feel like I'm very close to you."
Bandler and Grinder say, "There are no resistant patients, only
resistant therapists." So before you ask outrageous questions,
establish rapport. Then you can do anything, and they'll forgive
One more thing you can do in advance is to set the frame
about what you're going to do. Here are some nice frames to put
around the process of putting someone into state:
"As we sit here talking about your business, I'm beginning to
wonder if it would be appropriate to ask you now, to recall a
"That reminds me, can you remember a time when you were
totally decisive, now..."
"You know, I was wondering, can you recall a time when you
made a business decision that was a big win for you, and made
you lots of money?"
"And as I ask you so many questions, you may wonder what it
would be like to be a client, and as you wonder, if you could
just imagine being a client now, you'd probably find that it
would be easier to make the right decision..."
"Your telling me about your business reminds me of a time
when I (pause), well gee, I wonder if you can recall a time when
you totally were satisfied with a purchase you just made."
And they'll oblige you by going right into that state.
Remember that a state is made up of an internal
representation and a physiology. So, your asking them to make an
internal representation of a time when they were (for example)
satisfied with something puts them right back into that state.
And when you have access to a state, what you want to do then is
to anchor it.
What is hypnosis?
Whitfield tries hypnosis to improve performance
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer
Flowery Branch -- Bob Whitfield has had with his
disappointing season with the Falcons. The veteran offensive
lineman has decided to tackle the problem with hypnosis.
Wednesday, the Falcons' left tackle underwent hypnosis with
the goal of playing better, adding a chapter to his personal
scrapbook of eccentricities.
Bob Whitfield has visited a Buckhead hypnotist in an
attempt to improve his on-field performance.
The 12-year veteran was uncommonly candid after last Sunday's
39-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, admitting that has been
playing poorly. But even for Whitfield -- an ecletic personality
who's known to ramble about anything from football to global
politics -- two sessions with a Buckhead hypnotist were unusual.
"Basically, Bob wanted to improve his on-field performance.
Specifically, his focus -- his mind would wander a little bit on
the field," said Dr. Wesley Anderson of Hypnosis Works. "We were
using [trigger] words like 'natural.' It's natural to hit people
real hard. And a couple of other words like 'set' because he
gets down in his set."
Whitfield's second session was broadcast live, during his,
"What up, Bob?" show on Z-93, the Falcons' flagship radio
"It was real," Whitfield said Thursday. "It's all a way to
help you focus. It wasn't like a funny little thing where you're
Some fans might have been inclined recently to suggest that
Whitfield's been slumbering. After committing two holding
penalties against Minnesota (he has four in the past three
games), one of which resulted in a safety, and getting run over
on another play that resulted in a sack, Whitfield sat for a
long time in the locker room, still in his uniform.
"I'm just not getting the job done," he said after Sunday's
So on Wednesday, he visited Anderson's office, where the
hynotherapist gathered background on Whitfield to get ideas
about what techniques might best suit him. Then, Wednesday
evening, Anderson hypnotized Whitfield on the air.
This didn't have anything to do with waving a stopwatch in
front of Whitfield. There are different methods of hypnosis.
Anderson basically talked his client into a state of deepened
"You ask them if they want to go under. They say yes,"
Anderson said. "I say, 'Close your eyes, and imagine a wave of
relaxation from the top of your head all over body. Imagine your
eyelids are so heavy it's impossible to open them.' When they've
tested that, you go through a deepening technique. . . to get as
deeply physically relaxed as you can get."
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Whitfield will get a test soon. On
Monday night he goes up against the St. Louis Rams' Grant
Wistrom, who has had 24.5 sacks since 2001.
Whitfield had another request for Anderson, too. "I asked if
he could do something about all these chocolate chip cookies,"
the big guy said. "I keep eating them."