Glossary Of Neuro Linguistic Programming Terms

Anchoring: The process of making associations that work through conscious choice so that you can re-access your own, or trigger other people's, chosen state when appropriate.

Association: The state of being "inside", seeing the world from your own eyes, hearing the world from your own ears, and feeling the emotions of the situation whether current, remembered or imagined.

Beliefs: Emotionally held opinions treated as facts and the basis for our everyday decisions, abilities and behaviours.

Congruence: Having all parts of oneself working in harmony without conflict.

Criteria: The values and standards used as the basis for making decisions.

Disassociation: The state of observing oneself as if an outsider. Seeing and hearing oneself from the outside. That is to observe oneself not from an internal perspective. Disassociation is, in effect, to disconnect with ones emotions.

Eye Accessing Cues: Movements of a person's eyes that indicate visual, auditory or feelings based thinking.

Filters: levels of thinking that determine where we focus our attention. how we make our perception what it is and what defines how we respond to situations and people.

Linguistic: The study of language and, in the context of NLP, the patterns of language that communicate our thinking strategies.

Logical Levels: A form of personal and organisational hierarchy that affects change and how effectively we bring about change for ourselves or for others. Consisting of environment, behaviour, capabilities, values, beliefs, identity and systems.

Metaphor: A parallel means of describing or observing. Metaphors can be parables, stories, analogies, pictures and actions.

Modelling: The process of unpacking our own, and others', conscious and especially unconscious strategies to duplicate the results of those strategies.

Neuro: The way that we use our brain.

Neuro Linguistic Programming: Defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience. The name was developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in 1975. It is a process of modelling and, increasingly, the term is used to encompass the techniques and skills uncovered as a result of this process.

Outcome (Well Formed): A goal that is characteristic of someone who consistently achieves what they want in ways that are of benefit to others as well as themselves. Different from traditional methods of goal setting in that it involves the use of all senses, including emotion.

Pacing: Respecting the values, needs and style of another person in a way that leads to establishing rapport with that person.

Perceptual Positions: The mental strategies used by successful negotiators, involved in moving mentally from being in one's own shoes, the shoes of another person and an outside detached position.

Programming: The sequences of thinking and behaviour patterns that constitute our strategies for achieving results.

Rapport: Our ability to relate to ourselves and others in ways that create a climate of respect, trust and cooperation.

Reframing: The ability to make meanings from events that work for you and create desirable emotional states.

State: The mental, physical and emotional condition of a person.

Strategies: A set of thinking and behavioural steps to achieve a result.

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