The NLP Meta Model

“The Models we make of the world around us with our brains and our language are not the world itself but representations of it “ [1]

History of NLP Meta Model:
Meta Model is the first formal model of NLP. It was introduced in 1975 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. This model was first introduced by these two in one of the best book; The Structure of Magic, Volume 1. With the passage of time, they extended the features of its general semantics. Soon this model became a formalized set of linguistic patterns that can be used in order to change the mental hurdles or other weaknesses in a person’s mind. It can be used to change a mental picture in a person’s mind about himself or about someone else’s.

Progress of NLP Meta Model:
NLP Meta model is mainly used for therapeutic reasons. After its introduction, it was considered to be satisfactory tool and soon it became one of the most powerful that can be used for individuals outside therapeutic context and for other individuals that are looking for professional NLP practitioners. It has been observed that individuals show tremendous improvements within short period of time after using the NLP Meta model since it helps in removing bad or negative mental pictures from their minds.

Revising or Expanding Mental Pictures
Meta Model was being designed in order to challenge the mental limitations of individuals. People use to go to NLP professionals in order to get changed through the process of therapy. NLP focuses on the Metal Maps and changes it. People abstain from many effective behaviors because of these mental traps, hurdles. NLP Professionals use NLP Meta Model Patterns to revise or expand the mental pictures or maps in a person’s mind that may contain many hurdles and traps that resist against better behaviors and way of communication.

Three Important Terms:

There are three important terms frequently used by NLP professionals when discussing the Meta Model; Distortion, Deletion and Generalization. The task of a Meta Model, in the context of these three terms, is to guide us in analyzing problematic distortions, deletions and generalizations in our patterns of thinking and our verbal interactions with one another. Let’s discuss all of them one by one:

a) Distortion: is basically a process which makes you shift in your experience. Fantasy could be one of the examples of Distortion. This is the process which has made humans to think more creatively. If you can’t challenge present reality with distortion then you can’t make any discovery.

b) Deletion: is simply a process of excluding things after we select and consider certain dimensions of our experience. This can be compared with a filter. For instance, this can be compared to a situation in which a person is in a room, full of people and their voices, and he/she concentrates on only one voice; hence filtering all other voices by not paying attention to them/ excluding them. Deletions, most of the time, helps us in managing different things by excluding most of the unnecessary data. Deletion in our mental patters can be useful and mentally painful depending upon the context.

c) Generalisation: Generalisation is usually represents a broader meaning of a word or a concept. It is also considered to be a process in which a person’s model is separated from his personal experience and then it is related to an entire category of experience. Generalisation helps us in making universal rules like “Do Good – Have Good”.

1- Dilts and DeLozier, Encyclopedia of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Programming and NLP New Coding, 2000.

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