Representational Systems

Auditory Digital Processing

Auditory digital processing is about the language and actual words that we use. Language is what we use to describe what is going on in our other senses.
NLP talks about words as the auditory digital Representational System (referred to as the AD system), but it is not strictly a representational system.

nlp auditory digital systemSomeone processing using this system is turning the information from his or her senses into language. There is obviously a sensory experience underneath what they talk about, but they are not re-experiencing it.

This system is quite different from Auditory System processing even though both involve sound. Auditory system is the actual sound. Auditory digital involves the meaning of words and symbols.

Processing through language and symbols can disconnect us from our senses. Western culture seems to value this kind of processing over sensory-based data. Academia and corporations tend to write up research and reports using words stripped of all sensory and emotional meaning in order to eliminate the bias of “colorful” language. It also sucks all the juice out. See also the Satir Categories Computer (or Super Reasonable)

AD is a vital form of processing for analysis, planning and organizing. It is not useful at other times like wanting to sleep or any kind of performance situation. As usual, every kind of processing has an appropriate context.

There is an overlap with the Intuiting Meta Program, although it is not the same thing. Processing inside can be in any of the representational systems.

Auditory Digital Words

People processing in this system use words and phrases that don’t indicate any particular representational system. They are words that NLP calls “unspecified” such as, this makes sense, logical, understanding, criteria, appreciate, aware, analyse, believe, comprehend, choose, decide, reason, system (my personal favourite), experience, integrate, learn, consider, perceive, process, realize, remember, sense, think, vague, wonder

Auditory Digital Cues

Someone with a preference for AD processing may

  • Talk to themselves a lot, as they make sense of their worlds with internal dialogue. You can tell they are doing this by their Eye Patterns and sometimes mouth movements
  • Seem to be debating something inside their head – head will tilt slightly one way and then the other.
  • Talk things out with others, or use them as a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Find it difficult to stay uptime (will want to go inside their heads to process). People can feel tuned out – the lights are on but no one is home. Uptime has an absence of internal dialogue
  • Be critical of self and others
  • Like to think plan and analyze
  • Need to “make sense” of things.
  • Have a strong secondary representational system or even have some aspects of all major systems – remember this is a second layer for some other sensory processing.
  • Be good at categorizing and summarizing
  • Be fond of lists, flow charts and writing things down
  • Can be very logical – this does not necessarily mean they think in sequential step-by-step ways. There are NLP people out there who think AD processing and procedures are equivalent, this is BS. Organization is not the same as linear.

AD Eye Patterns

We look down to the left when we talk to ourselves.

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