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Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the science of how the brain and language work together, has several basic assumptions called presuppositions that are good life guidelines. They help us understand our world better and they help us put things into perspective. When you begin to “get” these presuppositions you can make sense of the actions of others – and of yourself. Our brain is a magnificent organ and it does the best it can with the information it has at the time that we take action. This is basic to our understanding of human behavior. In this article I will present three of my favorite presuppositions – those that have had a great impact on my life and understanding. I hope they have a lot of meaning for you too.

  1. The map is not the territory. This means that our personal view of the world is just that – our personal view. What we see and understand is filtered though our own lens of experience and understanding. It is not the same as any other person’s map of the world nor is it representative of the entire territory. We only see a part of the world so if we can open ourselves up to learning and to seeing things differently we will expand our own perceptions and we will be able to understand that different people see things differently than we do.
  2. The meaning of communication is the response you get. This puts the responsibility for clear communication squarely on the communicator. If someone responds in a way that is different from what you expected or what you intended then you have not been clear enough or you have not reached the person in his “language”. It is important to understand how another person processes information so that we can get on their “wave-length”. For instance, if a person talks in visual terms and envisions what she is saying then we need to use that same language to communicate with her because that is what she is listening for – that is how her brain works.
  3. Every behavior has a positive intent. This means that behind every behavior, whether we like the behavior or not, there is some positive force which is usually tied to the person doing the behavior. For instance, a robber does so because he might need money – his positive intent is to get money for himself so he can obtain something. In this case we do not condone his behavior but we can see that his intent is to get something he believes he needs for himself.

There are lots more presuppositions so I will write a couple more articles so I can acquaint you with the power they have.

Source by Lynn Banis


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