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March 3, 2014

Chapter 13: Meta Model (NLP for Personal Success)

Aaaaaa 13 is my favorite number!!!!! Because 4 + 9 = 13. :p

Ahahahahaha so Meta Model is, as the book says, the heart of NLP. I'm not good at explaining things, so if you find my post here is not satisfying, pls just start googling. ;)

It all starts woth the term "transformational grammar" (the f is that huh??!)
Every sentence we say can be analyzed from two structures: surface structure and deep structure.

What are surface structure and deep structure?
For example:

a. I ate bread with Dina today. I ate bread with fork and knife. Both sentences above are in the same surface structure but not in the same deep structure, because they have different meanings.

b. She sang the song beautifully. The song was beautifully sung by her. Although the surface structures are different, they got same deep structure because they have the same meaning.

Deep structure is our internal representation about the world.
Wgar we say or think is the surface structure.

It's from the deep to surface. What we say or think is not the actual content from our deep structure, because, on the way to surface, there are three meta model processes happen: deletion, distortion, and generalization.

Deletion
As written before, we only pay attention to certain aspects (based on our experiences), filter them, and delete other things, at a time.

Distortion
Distortion is about simplifying experiences.
Like making an opinion become a fact (when we actually don't have enough infos to make it so).
But distortion can be good things too, like creative thinking to create invention and things like that.

Generalization
I can't say much, but without generalization, we'll still have to think first how to open our bag whenever we want to open it.



We must be careful when using Meta Model, and by being careful means we gotta develop our rapport ability.
See you on next post! :)

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