Perspectives to Model By
Einstein's Theory of Relativity highlights that WHERE and HOW we perceive makes a difference to WHAT we perceive. We have noticed that people who are experienced at using Symbolic Modelling do not seem to perceive the client's information from any of the traditional NLP "Perceptual Positions". So, where and how are they gathering information and constructing their model?
What is Emergence?
A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
to have another piece of knowledge called 'emergence'; rather it is to learn to think and operate in a new way. A way that is congruent with the subject matter: bottom-up, circular feedback loops, indirect control. While we may talk about
emergence, our aim is to create conditions for you to 'think emergently'.
Big Fish in a Small Pond: The Importance of Scale
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment;
a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's
Do you make 'mountains out of molehills', or are problems just 'a drop in the ocean'? How you proportion your perceptions is fundamental to the structure of your subjective experience. Your map may not be the territory, but if it's to be of much use you'd better know its scale. This article is about the nature of scale, how to begin modeling it, and what happens when you change the scale of things to come.
Becoming More Mindful with Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling
I have been modelling a number of descriptions of mindfulness. To do this I devised three simple models that: (1) Make sense of the various definitions and explanations of mindfulness, (2) Identify the core abilities which underly most, if not all forms of mindfulness, (3) Facilitate a person to self-model both what happens during mindfulness and where improvement can take place.
Its a Matter of Opinion
How is it that some of our opinions remain constant while others can
change almost without us noticing, and sometimes the change is such a
shock that we are left temporarily disorientated? We are thinking less
about deep psychological change which happens in therapy or personal
development, and more about the everyday change of opinion – a view or
judgement formed about something.
Although there is only 'now', we get seduced by the idea/metaphor that there are other times. We talk about the past and future as if they exist rather than being figments of our momentary imagination. As clean facilitators we retain the knowledge that whatever the client is saying or doing, neurologically and physiologically it's happening now. We also assume that the client’s behaviour is always embodying their current model of the world but they are often unaware of it. When we 'go live' we are inviting the client to attend to that model, metaphor or behaviour, in-the-moment, as it happens. In this way the client becomes aware of, and stays close to what is happening for them 'right here, right now'.
When X what happens to Y?
This paper describes the results of our to modelling of the various functions and uses of, 'And when X, what happens to Y?'. While this question originated with David Grove it has come to play a greater and greater role in our use of Symbolic Modelling. So much so that we have upgraded it from a 'specialised' question to join the exulted ranks of the 'basic' Clean Language questions.
Learning from Transcripts
The two main ways we use transcripts as a professional development tool are: Supervisory feedback to coaches and therapist; and Modelling experienced facilitators. We show you how we do this with an annotated example of each kind of transcript.
Appreciating Aesthetics: The effect of beauty
Two events resulted in realisations for Penny Tompkins. Penny’s musings and artistic explorations prompted several discussions which we recognised could be explored and enriched by creating a Developing Group day in honour of beauty and aesthetics.