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 4. Sample Vectors

Facilitate the client to ...

IDENTIFY a desired Outcome

From: A present state/Problem/Remedy statement
To: A desired Outcome statement
By: Using the PRO model:

And what would you like to have happen?
And when [Problem] what would you like to have happen?
And when [Remedy] then what happens? 

IDENTIFY Evidence for Achieving a desired Outcome

From: A (general) desired Outcome statement
To: Sensory (VAK) description that will let the client know that they have
achieved their desired Outcome.
By: And how will you know [desired Outcome]?
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Developing questions:
And what kind of ... is that ...?
And is there anything else about that ...?
And where/whereabout is ...?
to elaborate on the sensory-based evidence.

IDENTIFY Evidence for an Explanation

From: An explanatory statement (e.g. a reason, belief)
To: Sensory (VAK) description that lets the client know their own experience.
By: And how do you know [Explanation]?
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Developing questions:
And what kind of ... is that ...?
And is there anything else about that ...?
And where/whereabout is ...?
to elaborate on the sensory-based evidence.

IDENTIFY a Metaphor from a Feeling


From: A feeling
To: A metaphor or symbol
By: Locate the feeling x 3:
  •  And where/whereabout is ...?
  •  And whereabouts [Answer to first Where?]?
  •  And whereabouts [Answer to second Where?]?
Then identify attributes:
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And does that ... have a size or a shape?
Then ask for metaphor:
  • And that’s [Attributes 1, 2, 3 ...] like what?

IDENTIFY a Metaphor from a Nonverbal


From: A nonverbal (e.g. gaze, gesture, sound)
To: A metaphor or symbol
By: Bring nonverbal into awareness using one or more of:
  • And where do you go when you go there?
  • And what kind of [gesture/sound] could that  be?
  • And what does that [body part/sound] know?
  • And how many [repeated nonverbal] are there?
  • And what’s the first [repeated nonverbal]?
If necessary, locate the symbol x 3:
  • And where/whereabout is ...?
  • And whereabouts [Answer to first Where?]?
  • And whereabouts [Answer to second Where?]?
Then identify attributes:
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And does that ... have a size or a shape?
Then ask for metaphor:
  • And that’s [Attributes 1, 2, 3 ...] like what?

IDENTIFY a Metaphor from a Concept

From: An abstract conceptual word
To: A metaphor or symbol
By: Identify attributes:
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And does that ... have a size or a shape?

If necessary, locate the symbol x 3:
  • And where/whereabouts is ...?
  • And whereabouts [Answer to first Where?]?
  • And whereabouts [Answer to second Where?]?
Then ask for metaphor:
  • And that’s [Attributes 1, 2, 3 ...] like what?

IDENTIFY what’s Problematic

From: A present state/Problem/Remedy statement
To: An explanation of how this is problematic for the client
By: [ADDED 15 Oct 2014]

This is not a common or easy vector to define. So, rather than give a list of ‘standard’ questions, an example transcript will hopefully capture the essence of this vector.

The challenge for the facilitator is to NOT assume that a situation is problematic even when the client’s way of talking implies a problem. Real life situations are not in and of themselves ‘problems’. It takes a human being to experience the situation as a problem. We are aiming to identify what specifically is problematic *for this client* (without asking that strongly leading question – although we have been known to ask it as a last resort).

C: My children misbehave.
F: And …?
C: I don’t like it.
F: And when your children misbehave, what is it about that, that you don’t like?
C: Other people will think I’m a bad mother.
F: And when other people think you’re a bad mother, what happens for you?
C: I’m being judged.
F: And when your children misbehave, and other people think you’re a bad mother, and you’re being judged, how do you know you’re being judged?
C: I feel misunderstood. I feel sick.

[This is what is problematic for this particular client in this particular context, so now it is time to switch to a new vector, e.g IDENTIFY a desired Outcome:]

F: And when you feel misunderstand, and you feel sick, what would you like to have happen?


IDENTIFY a Child Within


From: A Personified symbol
To: A Child Within
By: Developing the personified symbol:
  • And how old could ... be?
  • And what could ... be wearing?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And where/whereabouts is ...

DEVELOP a Resource/Problem/Remedy/desired Outcome perception

From: A statement of a Resource or Problem or Remedy or desired Outcome
Toward: A 3D perception of the form, location and function of the key symbols
that comprise a Resource/Problem/Remedy/desired Outcome,
and the relationships between symbols
By: Identifying and elaborating on the:

Form and function (name):
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
Location (address):
  • And where/whereabout is ...?
Relationships between symbols:
  • And when [X], what happens to [Y]?
  • And is there a relationship between [X and Y]?

EXPLORE the effects of achieving a desired Outcome

From: A (developed) desired Outcome
Toward: A new or evolved Landscape
By: Identifying consequences:
  • And what happens next?
  • And then what happens?
  • And when [X], what happens to [Y]?
Developing the effects:
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And where/whereabout is ...?

ELICIT a Sequence

From: An event
Toward: A sequence of events
By: Identifying a coherent sequence of sub-events:
  • And what happens next?
  • And then what happens?
  • And what happens just before ...?
  • And what happens between [events X & Y]?
  • And what happens after ...?

MATURE a change

From: A change
Toward: A new or evolved Landscape
By: Evolving the change:
  • And what happens next?
  • And then what happens?
Developing the changed form or function (name):
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
Identifying a changed location (address):
  • And where/whereabout is ...?
Spreading the change:
  • And when [X], what happens to [Y]?

SOURCE a Resource

From: A description of a Resource
Toward: The Source of the Resource
By: Iteratively using:
  • And where does/could ... come from?
When client’s nonverbals indicate they have touched a purer / stronger / sacred state, develop the new symbol so that the client is embodying the new resource:
  • And what kind of ... is that ...?
  • And is there anything else about that ...?
  • And where/whereabout is ...?

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