NLP Glossary - Definitions and Terms

NLP Glossary – S – Definitions and Terms


Satir Categories
Stances people take when stressed in communication
Selectional restriction violation
Milton Model: Giving things and beings human qualities they can’t possess
Sensing Intuiting
Meta Program: MBTI: We use Sensing to gather information from the environment and Intuiting to decide its meaning
How we order things to produce a desired result. An important part of a strategy. Messing with the sequencing can change the result. If I always have a cigarette after dinner for instance, I could have it in the middle. If you have a ritual that works, putting the steps out of order can mess it up. If you put your ingredients in the oven before they are mixed, the cake isn’t the same.
Sensory Acuity
Noticing fine variations in our senses. As people become more expert in an area, they notice more than a beginner. An artist will see many more colors than a preschooler will. A musician’s awareness of tone and rhythm is greater than a beginner’s is. Professional sports players are more aware of body language on the field than amateurs. We can learn to notice fine changes of facial expression such as lip size, pupil dilation and skin tone by paying attention when a person changes their state. This noticing is called Calibration. How does someone sound when she is relaxed? Abused children can often tune in to an abuser’s state easily. They may know to get out of the way by very small clues such as posture or mouth shape.

Sequential Incongruence
Conflicting messages one after the other. From different parts
Simple Conjunctions
Milton Model: Way to connect otherwise unrelated things. Words such as and, but – the weakest type of link.

  • You are listening to my voice and beginning to relax
  • You are just beginning this job and you are confident
  • You hear the sound of the birds and you relax
Simple deletions
Meta Model: Where part of the meaning is left out or lost, such as sentences with “it” and “that”.
Simultaneous Incongruity
Conflicting messages at the same time in different communication channels. For example words and body language don’t match.
Six Step Reframe Technique
NLP Technique: A powerful early technique for dealing with unwanted behaviors or responses
Sounds Right Convincer
Meta Program: Convincer Channel: Being convinced by how things sound – susceptible to smooth talkers.
Stages of Learning
The stages of learning model shows how we move from not knowing that we don’t know to being able to use a skill automatically.
NLP Model: Our states act as a filter on our interpretations of our experiences
State Elicitation
NLP Technique: An important part of successful anchoring, modeling and state management.
Steve Andreas
NLP trainer since 1977 and an early student of Richard Bandler and John Grinder. He started Real People Press in 1967 to promote powerful self change books.
NLP Model: Strategies are the sequence of mental representations or steps we use to generate our outcomes and experiences.
Subconscious Mind
NLP generally uses the “unconscious mind” rather than subconscious to separate what we are aware of and what we are not. For example, we are not aware of unconscious thoughts and feelings, skills, habits and automatic reactions.
NLP Model: The fine distinctions we make within each representational system. They help us remember what we have seen, heard, felt, smelt and tasted both externally and imagined.
Super Reasonable
A satir category also known as computer
Surface Structure
The way something is represented. The words I use stand in for the pictures, sounds and feelings in my mind. I can only communicate my experiences through words, photos, video, drawings, movement, music and sounds. They can never convey how it was for me, the connections I made, the feelings I had. Everyone will interpret my surface structure expression differently. The Meta Model takes the surface structure offered by the person and attempts to connect it to the experiences or meaning underneath (deep structure). Remapping (such as reframing) connects the surface structure to other experiences and meanings.

NLP Technique: A submodality change pattern for simple habits or annoying automatic responses.

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