NLP Definitions: NLP Business Practitioner

This is a new certification as offered by the Society of NLP, where applications of NLP are targeted at the business arena. All Society of NLP qualification requirements are indicatively the same, with the outcome of helping an individual achieve greater excellence in business and/or entrepreneurship. However, therapeutic elements of this certification are not covered, such as techniques for phobia relief, parts integration, six-step reframes, etc.

NLP Definitions: Linguistics

The study of language structure and process, and can be divided into various parts, including phonology (production of sounds), morphology (structure of words), syntax (structure of sentences), semantics (structure of meanings) as well as pragmatics (meanings created in interaction and social usage).

Most NLP focuses on the semantics of language patterns, whereas a masterful NLP practitioner will realize that most of the meanings are not created in a dictionary but rather through social use within conversation. Students of my NLP Master Practitioner training get an insight into the use of language and linguistics for the purposes of modeling.

NLP Definitions: TOTE

A TOTE is the smallest behavioral unit, as defined by Miller, Galanter and Pribram (1960) in their book, Plans and The Structure Of Behavior.

It is a way of identifying the sensory sequence of a modeled behavior. T (Trigger), O (Operation), T (Test) and E (Exit) are required in this feedback cycle (a test requires cycling back to the operation in order for stability of behavior to take place).

NLP Definitions: Mapping Across

Mapping Across is a process or procedure that utilizes submodalities. It is often mistaken as a technique by poorly trained NLP Trainers.

There are several uses for mapping.

#1 – To compare submodalities across similar situations with different states.

#2 – As part of a 3-step, ecological structuring process for obsessions (see Obsession Elimination Process)

#3 – To identify and apply specific solution states to situations so as to disconnect original habitual experience as in the Compulsion Blowout Pattern

#4 – A means to set up comparative images in order to habitually intensify specific experiences through the Swish Pattern

NLP Definitions: Future Pacing

Future pacing is the process of representing a future moment and placing the end result of an intervention there. When you experience a change of state and visit the future in your mind, you can note if you are more resourceful in that moment or not. In most cases, a future pace paves the way for checking of ecology and possibly to refine the intervention.

See also: comparative future pacing

NLP Definitions: Digital Submodality

Unlike an analog submodality, a digital submodality carries a mental description that is like a discrete (or non-continuous) variable. For example, the value of a range is specific to “1 to 7”, or an “on” or “off” switch.

In NLP, a digital submodality is one where we can control it like an on-off switch. For instance, the “associated” or “dissociated” image; the “2D”/”3D” image are examples of a digital submodality.