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The Meta Model Distortions

The Meta Model distortions are responsible for some major limitations and poor map creation. Anything we make up, or that we have no sensory evidence for is a distortion. Maybe you are thinking, “I don’t make things up, I am a very down to earth person”.


Meta Model Generalizations

The The Meta Model generalizations make explicit the way we summarize and categorize our experiences. Generalizations are basically the rules we use to manage life.


Meta Model Deletions

Meta model deletions are how we pay attention to some parts of our experiences and not others. Really, we ignore or selectively attend more than we actually delete them, but hey, that’s what NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming calls it.


The Meta Model Problem Solving Strategies

The Meta model is a model for changing our maps of the world. It provides a number of problem solving strategies. We cause many of our problems by our unconscious rule governed behavior.


Lost Performatives – Not my Beliefs

Lost performatives are when someone is talking about a personal belief, but presents it as though it was a universal truth. We then accept it as true without questioning it as we would if we heard it as someone’s personal opinion.


Cause effects – How our world works

Cause effects are statements that show how someone believes something works. That X causes Y, or that doing X makes Y happen. Like all beliefs, just because we believe something, it doesn’t make it true. Often looking at our statements can open us up to solutions we hadn’t considered, by questioning our model of the […]


Mind reading – Jumping to Conclusions

Mind reading is assuming you know what the other person is thinking or feeling without checking. This pattern causes a great deal of interpersonal difficulties and is another of the important Meta model problem solving strategies.


Nominalizations – Recipe for Misunderstanding

Nominalizations are processes (verbs) we turn into nouns. Doing this sends deceptive messages to our brains. For example, a “decision” is actually the process of deciding; a relationship is the process of relating to someone. By changing the process into a fixed static thing, we can feel it is unchanging and limit our choices for […]


Complex equivalences – a Meta model generalization

Complex equivalences involve constructing beliefs out of generalizations. It is making two experiences equal. For instance, I may believe that someone not making eye contact means they have something to hide. They are sometimes pretty weak links.

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