Meta patterns NLP
The Meta Model
NLP language patterns in this sense come from The Meta Model which Richard Bandler and John Grinder developed as a result of modelling.
Those who are interested in studying their work in detail might like to buy The Structure of Magic by Bandler & Grinder where there is a detailed technical exposition of the subject.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place
George Bernard Shaw
They studied the techniques of the celebrated family therapist, Virginia Satir, Milton H Erickson, the father of hypnotism in modern times, and Gregory Bateson and were able to discern that although these people claimed to act intuitively in the course of their work, in fact there were predictable elements in what each of them did.
Milton H Erickson commented: “In reading this book I learned a great deal about the things that I’ve done without knowing about them.”
NLP language patterns – identifying ambiguities
Our experiences of the world are obtained through what is known as sensory information, that is to say, information received through all of our senses and interpreted through our own specific internal map.
We identify those senses as auditory or hearing, visual or seeing, gustatory or tasting, olfactory or smelling and kinaesthetic or feeling.
The words we speak to describe our experiences are known as the surface structure.
But at a deeper level, known as the deep structure, we subject ourselves to deletion, and . From there the surface structure is created.
Our words are just a symbol or model of our experience; they do not describe the whole picture. We think differently from each other.
NLP language patterns – thinking differently
John La Valle tells the story of a wife who asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have avocados, get six.
A short time later the husband returns home with six cartons of milk.