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The NLP Presuppositions – The Coaching Room



Do you know the premises or presuppositions that guide the NLP Communication Model?

Well, these presuppositions originated primarily from the professional communicators who Bandler and Grinder modelled; Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, and Milton Erickson.

And for many people, they find it really helps to integrate this fully into everyday thinking.


So let’s run through the list…

  • Our map is not the territory – it is a symbolic representation of the territory.

  • We all respond according to our map of reality, not reality itself.

  • The meaning of your communication is the response you get.

  • There is no ‘failure’, only feedback.
  • The element in any system with the most flexibility will exercise the greatest influence.
    (This is the Law of Requisite Variety)
  • Mind and body are both part of the same system (the neuro-linguistic system) and influence each other in a circular way.

  • People have all the resources they need; they just need to access, strengthen, and sequence them.

  • We can model excellence, and even genius, if we break the tasks and skills into small enough chunks. If someone can do something, then it’s a human possibility.

  • It’s always better to have choice, than the lack of choice. And in NLP we look to add choices, and we don’t take choices away – people then tend to make the best decision from the choices available.

  • When calibrating to a person’s reality when there’s incongruity, the highest quality of information will be behavioural.

  • Behind every behaviour is a positive intention.

Since memory and imagination use the same neurological circuits as external sensory awareness, they can powerfully influence our development. 

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