Design Language And Components

What do you need to know to work with your own Neuro-Linguistics or the Neuro-Linguistics of another person?

Briefly, NLP refers to modeling human excellence in order to create cutting edge human "technology" (or "magic") that allows us to improve our quality of life. We model human excellence by finding, identifying, eliciting, and designing various patterns or "programs" that work within the mind-body (neuro-linguistic) nature of our experience.

We have the following three components that make up our Neuro-Linguistics:

Neuro: the voluntary and autonomic nervous systems through which we process experiences via our five senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory) and our "made-up" sense, language, (which we call "auditory-digital"). This highlights the importance of human neurology and physiology as part of the human information system.

Linguistic: language and non-verbal symbol systems by which we code, organize, and attribute meaning to neural representations (re-presentations). "Linguistic" does not refer only to words and prepositional language, but to all symbol systems: the sensory systems of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc. and the non-propositional symbol systems of mathematics, music, art, etc.

Programming (also, processing, psychology): ihc process of getting ourselves into regular and systematic patterns of responses (habits). Unfortunately, when people don't know to relate this term to the computer metaphor out of which it arose, they tend to contaminate it with ideas of "manipulation," "control," etc. Yet, in context, "programming" operates as just another word for patterns and refers to the organized "plans" and processes that can become installed in human functioning.

The Components Of "Mind" Or Consciousness

One of the early NLP books carries a title that highlights the focus of this model. Using Your Drain—For A Change (1985) describes the centrality of "thought" and locates NLP as a cognitive-behavioral model. Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT, formerly RET) similarly focuses on "thoughts" as primary in driving human experience. In REBT, however, "thoughts" show up primarily as words, self-talk statements, and beliefs, and more recently ¿is internal imager)'.

NLP accepts this analysis of the cognitive nature of human mental processing, and it doesn't stop here. It enhances the cognitive model significantly by extending its analysis of "thought" to include the five sensory modalities (modes) of awareness. These include:

• Visual (pictures, sights, images)

• Kinesthetics (sensations, feelings)

We summarize these sensory modalities as the VAK (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). The VAK comprises the basic components of "thought" or our representation systems (RS) by which we represent (literally, re-present) information. These representations comprise the language of our bio-computer and so by using these representational systems we not only re-present information to ourselves but program ourselves.

The Representational Systems Of Modalities A nd Sulmwdalities

Km — meta (= emotions) O — olfactory C — gustatory

Since we experience "awareness" via these sensory components, treating the VAK or RS as our programming language gives us a way to understand, model, and transform experience. Bateson noted (in his introduction to The Structure Of Magic), with both surprise and regret, the genius of Bandler and Grinder to pick something as simple as the senses to use as the core components of human representation.

Bandler and Grinder constructed the NLP model of "mind," "personality," "experience", etc., using the VAK as a notâtional system. In doing this they provided a simple, yet profound, way for describing with precision our subjective internal experience. Prior to this, "introspection" had always failed to produce any accurate, useful, or legitimate approach. Even though modem psychology, beginning in the 1880s with Wundt's introspective method, sought to identify the "table of elements" in thought, with a precise language, such introspection proved unwieldy and ultimately untrustworthy.

With the introduction of the notion that sensory systems comprise the elemental components of thought, NLP provides a precise language for describing and manipulating the introspective world inside consciousness. This new precise "language of the mind"



Aj — auditory digital (words)

K — kinesthetic or bodily sensations

Kv — visceral (gut sensations)

Within each modality we have the qualities or finer distinction that cue the body, informing it how to feel or respond.

also provides a way to describe the processes (or strategies: "sequences of representations") that we use in our minds-and-bodies to create our programs that make up our unique models of the world.

Thus, "in the eye of the mind" we make "sense" by using our see, hear, smell, and taste senses to code information, whether past experiences (memory) or imagined experiences. Each sensory modality provides us with an additional language of the mind. Beyond them, at a meta-level, lie the symbolic systems for representation and coding. This obviously includes language, along with math, music, poetry, proverbs, stories, etc. Each modality provides additional avenues for coding and representing structural information or programs.

The domain of submodalities refers to the qualities of our RS which allow us to speak with even more precision and specificity about the contents of our thoughts. What significance does this have? It essentially provides the finer coding (or encoding) for the "mind." Through these finer distinctions we get to the very structure or process of the thinking that "programs" human neurology for feelings, reflexes, behaviors, speech, skills, etc. So, in addition to the forms of cognition (VAK and Aj), NIP relies upon submodalities to specify differences.

Paradoxically, however, to recognize, detect, and observe submodalities, you have to "go meta." You have to step back from your sights, sounds, sensations, etc. (the VAK) and notice them. Do I have this coded in color or as a black-and-white picture? How high or low do I have the sound volume? What tone and tempo encode tills awareness of the sound?

This means that, while the finer distinctions of the VAK occurs within the mode of awareness, to observe such, we have to "go meta" (above or beyond) the representation. Then, from there, we can make alterations and transformations in the coding. This differs from the traditional NLP explanation. For a fuller description and understanding, see Hall and Bodenhamer (1999, The Structure Of Excellence).

Some of these qualities and characteristics of the RS function in a way similar to the off/on switches of 0 and 1 in a computer (thus offering digital distinctions). Through awareness and recognition of submodalities we can make distinctions between closely related, but different, experiences. What codes the difference, for example, between thinking about a fearful event and experiencing it as such? Traditional psychology has spent decades coming up with "explanations." Unfinished traumatic memories, weak ego strength, too many dysfunctional defense mechanisms, an undeveloped psycho-sexual or psycho-social stage, etc.

The developers of NLP asked a different question, "How do each of these experiences work?" Prom that they came up with a very different conclusion. To merely think about experience, one simply needs to code it from a second perceptual position, from a spectator's point of view, as if watching a movie. To freak out and go into hysterical emotional reactions one simply needs to step into the movie and "be there." Step out and it changes. Step in and it changes. Off. On. The secret lies in the coding. We don't need more explanations.

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Learn more within this guide.

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