NLP Definition: Deletion

Deletion is a process by which individuals filter out information and turn to ‘selective attention’ mode. A common example can be illustrated in the diagram below.

nlp deletion example

It’s common when people are asked to read out the phrase, that they miss out the extra “the” within the triangle. This is used as an example to further discuss ideas about “blind spots” in our perception, where we look for things which may be right under our noses but can’t find them at all. Our mind filters out information.

NLP Meta Programs: What Are They?

The theory behind NLP is that our communication is affected by our mental “filters”. These filters are the reason why we delete, distort and generalize things.

NLP Meta Programs are one example of mental filters. We tend to have certain personality preferences. NLP Meta Programs are closely associated with several personality traits like the introvert and extrovert dimension in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

However, from the NLP perspective, meta programs go beyond personality. Thought it is the fabric of our behavior, it is likely that meta program preferences can change, unlike regular “personality” traits. In other words, if we want to be a leader, we can model after the leadership meta programs — the traits that make a person a leader.

Here are some of the Meta Programs that are commonly known

  1. Toward — Away From
  2. Introvert — Extrovert
  3. Low Chunk — High Chunk
  4. Logic — Feeling
  5. Visual — Auditory — Kinesthetic — Digital
  6. Internal — External
  7. Convincer Filter: Once, Three Times, All the Time
  8. Match — Mismatch
  9. Optimist — Pessimist
  10. Foreground — Background

So, while these meta programs are not exhaustive (yet), they also contain a high level of structure that can be used for a variety of things such as changing preferred actions. For instance, someone who always gets into trouble because he is a “mismatcher” can be shifted into a “matcher” mode to appear to be less of a trouble maker. Each of these outlines a process. If I have a strategy to “match” I can learn the strategy to “mismatch”.

We can discuss the idea of meta programs and their implications in relation to strategies and submodalities.

Any questions? Just drop them in the comments box below!

Mental Health Expert – Singapore Develops More

I was recently privileged to deliver a presentation at the Institute Of Mental Health, Singapore, on the topic of NLP and mental health. It was a pretty wild presentation, and I actually had it recorded. My pre-symposium training was met with a lot of enthusiasm, and I’m hoping to continue to teach more people there. Most of the psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses have learnt some basic NLP skills, but NLP and mental health training is very lacking in this part of the world, largely because most people have thought of NLP only as a commercial skill rather than a modeling tool.

I’m fortunate to have met Dr. Alex Su and Dr. Joseph Leong from the IMH who are supportive in exploring other potential wellness related concepts with NLP rather than just the “illness and disease” focus that psychiatry has always been associated with. One core element was about “resilience”. I think that’s a very important thing that NLP can contribute, knowing that using NLP can help to toughen minds.

Stuart Tan

I personally feel that there is a lot more room to investigate NLP. One area is through the use of neurological research tools that are currently available (I’m actually wondering out aloud if the Institute of Mental Health might actually have research facilities that I might be able to use!), as well as investigation in the area of NLP specific to Asian patients (after all NLP is pretty skewed to English).

Overall, mental health in general is something that I think we all should be concerned about. It’s as important (if not more important in this day and age) than physical health. Among some of the top statistics for mental “disorders” include depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Well, I’ll explore more of these over time.

nlp mental health

Is there anything you’d like to know about NLP and mental health? Fill in comments below!

Neuro-linguistic Programming Modeling Process Help With Personal Development

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It’s commonly misunderstood that NLP is hypnosis. A large number of people are “involved” in NLP only to realize that the things they are learning the applications of NLP. The problems in learning NLP in this case is that you’ve been thrown the jigsaw pieces without being given the box to pay attention to the big picture.

As a speaker, I know that there are a number of you who wish to learn about NLP and become effective practitioners. Well, the first thing to do is really to develop your capabilities in modeling. What’s modeling? It’s the process of reaching into a person’s mind and learning the processes that they use and absorb the way they do it. It starts from knowing how they think, because as human beings we are very sequential, and often our behavior is triggered by external stimuli.

If I can develop the capabilities of understanding these processes, it will definitely assist me in developing the skills and even shortcut the process of learning myself. I was involved in modeling the Singapore Armed Forces shooting contingent, and that actually opened my eyes in terms of what expert shooters actually did in the SAF. I even applied the strategies of modeling to public speaking which won me the District 51 Toastmasters Evaluation Speech championship in 2002.

Personally, human beings are on the edge of evolution with NLP. I find myself growing and it’s possible for you to do it as well, as long as the modeling skills are developed effectively. I’d like to invite you to my site where I continue to explore the development of our human potential, and gain access to my teleseminars on NLP.

Stuart Tan, MBA (Western Michigan) has been training for over 14 years and developed multiple programs all across Asia focused on developing motivation, focus and identity shifts. His ability to create profound change in individuals is also reflected in his business coaching work where he targets scaling the business from the inside out. He believes that every individual who wants to grow a business must have three components – a clear purpose, maximized capacity, and pillars of prominence.

He is an NLP expert where he aims to teach the powerful processes of modeling.

Stuart is the national best selling author of four books, “Master Your Mind Design Your Destiny”, “Secrets Of Internet Millionaires”, “Secrets of eBay Millionaires” and “Secrets of Millionaire Students”. He hails from the small city-state of Singapore, and has spoken to over 120,000 people across Asia. Find him on Facebook or Twitter at ‘stuarttan’

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Learn NLP Patterns: The Matrix And Your Beliefs

Could it be that you have been living in a dream world?

NLP really opened up my own understanding of my own beliefs. It was necessary for me to consider the new possibilities. It’s the basis of my question: “What if everyone you met thought you were insane – but you believed you were not”. 🙂

A lot of us play our habits in ourhead, turning our reality into our own “matrix” that keeps us stuck where we are. Some people call it the “comfort zone”. Imagine a world where you have basically been locked out of the reality you should have been in – to make you feel at ease, but you were simply living a lie. Wouldn’t you want to break out of it?