The Aligning Perceptual Positions Pattern

Concept. Sometimes our ability to perceive things from out of our own eyes (first-person perception) and from out of the eyes of another person (second-person perception, the "empathy" perspective), and from an observer position (third-person perception), gets out of alignment. Structurally, each of these perceptual resources can operate as separate "parts."

These perceptual positions refer to the ways that we can "look" at the world. Conceptually, we can become stuck in one position or another. The first three refer to the three perceptual positions identified in NLP—the last two have arisen within the past couple of years.

First position: Self, from one's own eyes—self-referencing. Second position: Other, from eyes of another person—other-referencing.

Third position: Rxternal view, from any other position—meta-position.

Fourth position: We, from viewpoint of the system, group—group referencing.

Fifth position: Systems, from viewpoint meta to the system, simultaneously referencing all of the positions—integration-referencing.

Those stuck in first position can become totally self-referencing in their view of things so that they think-and-feel in highly "narcissistic" ways. They will process things only in terms of themselves. Those stuck in second position tend to become totally other-referencing in their perspective and can get stuck in the role of rescuers and caretakers to the exclusion of taking care of themselves. People Stuck in third position may take a historical view, a cultural view, etc., so that they become so dissociated from their body and emotions that they seem more like robots thuin people (Satir's "Computer" stance).

Not only can we get stuck in one position, but we can experience an out-of-alignment between these perceptual positions. Problems may also arise from having parts of ourselves react from different perceptual positions. When that happens we end up working against ourselves. Aligning perceptual positions in all representational systems results in inner congruence and personal power. This pattern also enables us to resolve inner conflict and attain internal alignment.

Use this triple description pattern whenever you lack a full awareness or perspective on a given problem, lake all three positions to broaden your thinking-feeling. I his can truly enrich perspectives in such situations as conflict resolution, mediation, influencing others, personal flexibility, etc. The technology enables us to gain an expanded perspective on problem situations.

The Pattern

1. Identify target information. Specify a limitation, a problem or a situation in which you (or ¿mother) feel stuck. Describe the situation in which you would like to have a more congruent response.

2. Identify the visual, auditory and kinesthetic factors within each perceptual posit ion.

a) Visual: What and how do you see the situation? From what perceptual position? If you have two or more "parts" that reference this same subject, check what perceptual position each part uses. Do some parts see the situation as an observer or from the eyes of another person? Locate the position of each part. Point out (internally or externally) where you find them. Do some of the parts seem closer to the situation than others? How does each part see the situation? What does each part actually see? What differences occur between them?

b) Auditory: What sounds and words do you hear about the situation? From what perceptual position do you hear these tilings? If you have two or more parts, what does each part say? Listen for the pronouns that each part uses. A part in the observer mode will have a neutral voice and will refer to "he" or "she." An "other" voice will typically refer to "you" with a more judgmental tone. The "self" voice will use "I" and "me." Where exactly in your body do you hear each part? (Side positions often indicates other or observer, self usually comes from vocal chord area.)

c) Kinesthetic: What do you sense about the situation? From what perceptual position? For multiple parts, where do you sense each part in your body? What emotions do you experience with each part? Do you have any neutral piirts, as if you only observe and don't experience life?

3. Realign perceptual positions in all representational systems. For the observer alignment (third position), go through the VAK checks.

a) Visual: Ask the observer part, "Would you communicate any information you have gathered to the self part?" Continue the dialogue until self and other view the situation similarly.

b) Auditory: Ask the observer part, "Would you shift pronouns to support the self using T, 'he/ or 'she?'" Also, please use "self" tone of voice.

c) Kinesthetic: Ask the observer part, "Would you be willing to shift feelings to those compatible with self feelings?" Also move feelings to the place where "self" holds feelings.

4. Align your self in terms of the VAK perceptual positions.

Make sure you see from your own point of view and out of your own eyes. Make sure your voice location arises from your own vocal chords and that you use "I" pronouns. Make sure that ¿ill feelings come from inside the "self" and reflect resourceful states.

5. Do an other alignment (2nd position) in the same way.

"Please adjust your perceptions to make them compatible with the view held by self." Move the location of other to the place occupied by self. Please move the voice you hear to the vocal chord area ¿ind have it represent "self" bringing any enriching information to the 'self position. Align feelings from 'other' to those of "self." Integrate feelings in such a way as to make the "self" more flexible and resourceful.

6. Run an ecology check. Do all the parts feel aligned and in harmony?

7. Future pace. Allow yourself now to become aware of new behavioral possibilities.

Describe ¿my new abilities and behaviors that now become available to you. And you can notice yourself performing in the future as the "self" part increases in richness and flexibility. If the "other" part objects to integration, you can request that this part return to the person to whom the thoughts and feelings belong.

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