NLP Definitions: Reframing

Reframing is the process by which you shift a person’s perspective of a word or phrase through the use of redefining the content, or shifting the context of the situation, thereby changing the meaning of the original word or phrase.

Reframing is a means to help adjust a belief through introduction of a new perspective. When a seemingly bad situation takes place (e.g. a fire breaks out at one’s manufacturing plant), it is possible to view this in such a way where this event can be deemed as positive or even helpful.

To do so, one must apply context thinking and meaning shifts. A context reframe is applied to a different context. A fire breaking out in a manufacturing plant is devastating. But if no lives were lost, that context could be deemed more valuable than the loss of materials.

Meaning shifts are typically applied to the meaning or semantics of words. So while a context reframe also shifts meaning, a meaning reframe attempts to work on the meaning of the word itself. A fire breaking out may mean losses. But it may also mean a renewed determination to strive for better safety and productivity.

NLP Definitions: Perceptual Positions

In NLP we have four main perceptual positions.

First position: experiencing things through your own eyes and emotions.

Second position: experiencing things through someone else’s eyes and emotions.

Third position: observing the conversation, the effect of the converastion.

Meta position: observing your observations, their implications and impact.

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).