Belief Audit

The auditing process, using linguistic connectives, can be applied to strengthen other beliefs as well, by establishing beliefs about beliefs. These can serve as additional justifications and support to have confidence in a particular belief. As an example, let's say a person has doubts about whether he or she deserves to be healthy and attractive. Applying the Belief Audit process would involve repeating this belief and adding different connectives to the end of the statement. Filling in the...

Chunking Down

The processes of chunking up and chunking down may also be applied directly to a statement, judgment, or belief, in order to shifl perceptions of them and 'reframe' them. The Sleight of Mouth pattern of chunking down, for instance, involves breaking the elements of a statement or judgment into smaller pieces, creating a different or enriched perception of the generalization expressed by the statement or judgment. For example, let's say someone has been diagnosed as learning disabled (an obvious...

Changing Frame Size

The Sleight of Mouth pattern of Change Frame Size applies this principle directly to our perceptions of some situation or experience. The pattern involves re-evaluating (or reinforcing) the implication of a particular action, generalization or judgment in the context of a longer (or shorter) time frame, a larger number of people (or from an individual point of view) or a bigger or smaller perspective. An event that seems unbearably painful when we consider it with respect to our own desires and...

Thought Viruses

Limiting beliefs arise from generalizations, deletions and distortions that have become placed in a 'problem frame', 'failure frame', or 'impossibility frame'. Such beliefs become even more limiting and difficult to change when they are separated from the experiences, values, internal states and expectations from which they were derived. When this happens, the belief can become perceived as some type of disassociated truth about reality. This leads people to begin to view the belief as the...

Expectations and the Sleight of Mouth Pattern of Consequences

The Sleight of Mouth pattern of Consequence uses expectations to either reinforce or challenge generalizations and beliefs. The pattern involves directing attention to a potential effect (positive or negative) resulting from a belief or the generalization defined by the belief. Anticipated positive consequences will strengthen and reinforce beliefs and judgments - even if the judgment itself is negative or limiting (an application of the principle that 'the ends justify the means'). How many...

Reframing and Outframing a Thought Virus Using Sleight of Mouth

Sleight Mouth Patterns

Once we are familiar with the system of beliefs that is holding a potential 'thought virus' in place, for instance, we are better able to find effective reframes which will help to place the limiting belief back into an outcome frame and feedback frame. The various Sleight of Mouth patterns can help us to approach the limiting system of beliefs in a more strategic (rather than reactionary) manner. Let's consider how we can use the formalization of the Sleight of Mouth patterns as a way to more...

Using Counter Examples to Reevaluate Limiting Beliefs

The Values Audit and Belief Audit apply principles of NLP and Sleight of Mouth in order to help us become more open to believe in our goals, our values, our capabilities and ourselves. They are simple but powerful processes that help us to establish new and empowering beliefs. There are times, however, where we may encounter interference from limiting beliefs. In such situations, it is also important to have tools to help us become open to doubt those generalizations or judgments that limit us....