The Content Reframing Pattern

Concept. Meaning arises in the following way. After birth we begin to move through the world. As we do, we first encounter empirical see-hear-feel things and events. We then represent them in our minds using our sensorv-based RS. But we don't leave it at that. We inevitably bring higher level abstractions (coded in language and higher-level symbols) to bear upon our representations. And when we do, we create a frame.

This frame of reference then creates and defines our meanings. Thus begins neuro-semantic reality. What does "meaning" mean? Since meaning does not occur in the world, but only in a human mind-body, meaning refers to the linkage between things external (or internal) with internal "thoughts-and-emotions." What does anything mean then? It all depends. It depends upon...

• the person making the linkage

• the context within which the person makes the linkage

• the mind-emotions evoked in the linkage

• the person's learning history

• the meanings/messages sent by others or set up in the environment by others (cultural meanings)

• the state the person immediately comes from

This highlights the complexity of meaning, does it not? Who would have thought that meaning could mean so much and could depend upon so many contingencies and upon so many different contexts? Normally, we don't even think about such things. More typically, we tend to think that a thing "means what it means." No one ever explained all of this to us. We might have even assumed that "meaning" somehow existed in the dictionary apart from a meaning-maker!

Yet because meaning actually emerges from our thinking, evaluating, explaining, attributing, believing, interpreting (coded in our neuro-linguistics) along with numerous contexts (cultural, personal, somatic, etc.), meaning functions as one of the most plastic-processes around. In other words:

• anything can mean almost anything

• nothing can mean nothing

• whatever meaning you attribute to anything exists as unique, idiosyncratic, and not precisely shared

• we have to codify our meanings to preserve them

• we can never give ¿inything the exact same meaning twice.

What does ¿ill this mean? It means that the significance you give to something, you do neurologically-conceptually. You link the external world with your meanings and associations. It also means that nothing inherently means anything. It always depends.

Given all this, the basic reframing principle simply involves taking a behavior, an external behavior (EB), and a perspective (an internal representation), and putting them together. This creates a frame of reference or association.

Changing this formula transforms the meaning. And when meanings transform, so do responses, behaviors, and emotions. This explains how reframing transforms meaning. Thinking about this via a formula, we have:

External Behavior = Internal State (See-hear-feel stimuli) (Internal thoughts, connections, emotions, etc.)

Understanding meaning in this way enables us to appreciate that whoever sets the frame runs the show (or determines/creates the "reality"). This holds true for the frames in our mind. It also holds true for the frames that we use and operate within us when communicating with others.

When we can't change the external world, we can still change our meaning about that world so that we can have new/different internal experiences and therefore new/different responses and emotions. Reframing broadens perspectives, gives more choices, more flexibility, and more sense of control. Source: Bandlcr ¿md Grinder (1982).

Identifying Frames

Identify a subject, then its content (the details), then its structure (VAK, form ¿md syntax), then step back to ask the presuppositional questions: What do we have to assume as true for this to make sense? WTiat perspective does this come from? What assumptions? What beliefs? What values? (Meta-thinking skills).

Content Reframing: Identify a subject then ask the content question: How can I view this as beneficial or of value?...as having a positive function?

The Pattern (Conscious Reframing)

1. Identify a behavior (habit, mental, emotion) you don't yet like or appreciate in yourself Begin at the primary level with ¿my disliked behavior.

2. What part of you produces this behavior? Some part or facet of you produces this. As you identify that part, give it a name.

3. Search out the part's positive intention. "What do you seek to accomplish for me that you deem as positive? What useful objective do you seek to achieve using this behavior?"

4. Identify the frame. What frame (or frames) of reference runs this part? WTiat does this behavior or response mean to you? Why do you value it? What do you seek to accomplish?

5. De-frame. What submodality change wrould effectively alter this frame? What language shift would change this referent?

6. Reframe the content: How could you view this behavior as valuable for you? What can you appreciate about this part and its intention?

7. Reframc the. context: Where could you use this behavior as a valuable response? When would you find it useful?

8. Integrate this new frame: "1 give myself permission to use this new understanding/attribution to consciously think about this behavior..." Any internal objections?

9. Test: What happens inside when you now think about the part of you that generates that behavior?

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.

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