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Logical Levels in NLP

Many debates take place as to whether Logical Levels have a rightful place in NLP. In my view-absolutely.

Regardless of who created them, they are powerful. The entire NLP process as it is multidimensional and also holographic (some have hard time acknowledging this fact), is logical. Symbolic Logic prevails throughout the entire process. Within its system, logical levels are,well, Logical. The highest logical level – the "I"statement is a state of full association, the first perceptual position. It is intricately enmeshed with the sense of identity, closest to one’s highest values.

The environmental, the lowest one, on the other hand, is a state of disassociation, the level where one can be an observer of self within a context, and as such make rational strategic decisions, far removed from a disabling emotional state pervasive at the identity level.

Being "stupid" is very different from finding it difficult to function within a particular context.
Being incapable is different from feeling incompetent at a particular skill, which can be changed with some practice.

In that sense Logical Levels are a fundamental concept within NLP and using them expertly is a powerful tool for change. Logical levels are also the tools for reframing.

NLP as such is a nominalization. It is a compilation of knowledge, expertly put together into a multidimensional model. Within the multidimensional structures are linear structures – techniques that are useless unless applied within the context of understanding the process and structure of human subjective experience, which is non linear.

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Logical Levels in NLP

Fear of Authority – Reframe the Context

When you are apprehensive in the presence of someone you perceive as an authority figure, it is not that person you are apprehensive about but most likely someone in your past who represented authority and in whose presence you felt powerless. The anchor may have been set la ong time ago.
One way to deal with that is to imagine that person in front of you, exactly the way they are now. Imagine how they look, sound, the things they are saying… their body language. hear the things they were saying to you… Pay attention to how you feel now….

Now, imagine them getting younger. Slowly, changing into a teenager, saying the same things, sounding like a teenager, looking like a teenager. Pay attention to your feelings.

Now, they are getting even younger..and younger….a 6 year old. They say the same things, sound like a kid, look like a kid. How are you feeling now?

Now they are a 3 year old. They sound like a 3 year old. An authoritarian 3 year old. A disciplinarian old 3 year old. How are you feeling now?

Now, is it fair to say, they wore diapers once, just as you did? They shitted themselves and a mummy fed them milk. Is it fair to assume as it is true they are the same person now, locked into an older frame, the same kid with shitty diapers they once wore…..

Next time you see them see through the veneer of their frame and look at the kid in front of you. How are you feeling now?

Watch your emotions change as you begin to see many, may little kids around you……

Have fun.

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Fear of Authority – Reframe the Context

Logical Levels As a Tool in Therapy

I find logical levels to be a powerful tool in therapy. Typically individuals having a problem are feeling stuck in a problem frame underlied by an identity level statement " I am….x" such as stupid, depressed, unable to change something etc.

These statements are static, self defining statements which individuals use to define themselves. When stated at the highest logical level, statements constitute an internal representation of self. Even though these statements are injurious and often derogatory to self, individuals will defend those with vengeance because of an underlying fear of becoming decimated in their absence. For example an alcoholic will often defend that label as it represents a powerful identity level statement, the one that defines this individual’s social behavior, social network, activities etc. Being an alcoholic has positive aspects: AA meetings, rehab, social network of sufferers, etc. Take that label away and suddenly all these things vanish. A scary proposition.

I always say that when we remove something we must reolace it with something else so that no gaping wound remains. If it does, the behavior will be replaced with another one where the structure of the original one remains.

The idea here is to help an individual move from an identity level statement to one where they have choices, such as ability to drink and not be dependant on alcohol, while maintaining the integrity of the I statement, retaining the positive aspects of the behavior and facilitating a belief they have a choice to drink as much as they want (or not) and still be a valuable individual.

The idea is to help them redefine an internal belief from "I am an alcoholic (or whatever else)" into : I am an individual who had been choosing to drink too much for my health, and who by the same token has a choice to stop or drink even more, remaining in control of drinking, rather than being a victim of a drink".

In case of a child who believes he/she is stupid (as was the case of one of my clients-a 9 year old Oston), the process was as follows (a massive shortcut here for the purpose of this posting):

Oston: I am stupid
Me: How did you decide that?
O: I am doing poorly in school
Me: How so?
O: I fail my tests, math, English and Science
Me: Is there anything you do well at in life?
O: Yes, Computer games ( I can kill the dragon faster than anyone else) and snow boarding
Me: Okay. I don’t know how to do any of these. I must be really stupid.
O: No. You have to learn these things. If you practice you will get good at those (he is indirectly reframing his belief about himself)
Me: So, you know how to play games. What do you do to be so good at them?
O: Practice, find new ways to do them
Me: How could you do that with Math? Are there new ways you could practice so it would get easier for you?
O: Yea. Do more exercises from the book.

Now he is not thinking about BEING stupid or incapable (which is a lower logical level already) but thinks of strategies to improve his competency.

Once we had led a client to a lower logical level, he/she can suddenly discover options and steps into a dreamer strategy where different outcomes are possible.:blush:

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Logical Levels As a Tool in Therapy

Classical Conditioning Vs NLP Anchoring

What is difference between Classical conditioning vs NLP anchoring? What is added value NLP anchoring to conditioning or what is difference between them?

Classical Conditioning Vs NLP Anchoring

Things You Disagree with

Hi all,

I was reading an NLP book today that said one or two things I disagreed with. They weren’t so much matters of fact as matters of opinion.

The first was that NLP is a form of applied Psychology.

Personally, I disagree with calling NLP a form of Psychology. I think it misleads people into thinking NLP was spawned from Psychology or has become part of it.

Also, for me, the aims and methods of these fields are very different. Psychology seeks to understand how we work. It explains psychological phenomena, classifies human behaviours and produces statistics about behaviour in populations. It seems to me it’s a study of people generally, not any one exemplar or client.

By contrast NLP is about modelling, not explaining, and calibrates to individuals. It’s about finding patterns in individuals that are productive for learning and changing.

Now, I concede the outputs of NLP include conclusions, models and analogies that are Psychological in nature. However, for me, that merely implies an overlap relationship, not an equivalent, homomorphic or ‘belongs to’ relationship.

In short, NLP is about trying to do one thing and Psychology is about trying to do something else and they exist independently.

Another thing I disagreed with was a statement that "NLP has beliefs".

Let’s put aside that NLP isn’t a sentient being and therefore cannot have beliefs. The beliefs in question are the so-called presuppositions.

The puzzling thing is that elsewhere, the book had already stated that the presuppositions are not necessarily true. So why would we be asked to "believe" something that’s not true, I wondered.

(Elsewhere the book calls them "principles for living", which I also disagree with. That sounded somewhat pseudo-religious to me.)

I know we’ve done the so-called presuppositions to death on this forum, but for me they describe an attitude to take to your work, not things to necessarily believe. It seems to me you can easily take the attitude that "there’s no failure, only feedback", and reap all the rewards of that attitude, whilst still having the awareness to know it’s not a truth. In fact, that seems somewhat more desirable to me than asking people to become without-criticism, true-believers in these statements.

So, that was mine.

(By the way, I should add that I actually quite liked the book overall, I thought it one of the better books that fills the space of recapitulating NLP prac stuff.)

What things get written about and said, which you disagree with?

Cheers

Things You Disagree with

Switching Off Pain

Hy does NLP have techniques that can work as an anestetic.I`m talking about the needels to the hand the shaman indian stuff.
I`ve hear Richard Bandler tooked some time in analyzing this stuff don`t know if he put it there.

Switching Off Pain

NLP Practice Group in Pune, India

Launching the very first practice group session for NLP practitioners or Master practitioners in Pune, India.

Practice & hone your skills. Master the skills for effective application in day to day life. Unleash the power and achieve the benefits that you wanted when you invested your time, effort and money into the NLP education. Network with, discuss and learn from other members of the NLP community.

The group will meet once a month with a pre-decided theme for the meeting.

To join this group send me a message introducing yourself and I will revert to you shortly.

NLP Practice Group in Pune, India

NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview

I know there are people here on NLP Connections who are considering taking their NLP Trainers Training. Usually the only way to get an experience of this is to make the financial commitment and book onto a full length course. Now you have an opportunity to gain an insight into what this unique Academy Trainers Training course can offer you.

This Saturday the NLP Academy will be running 2 FREE workshops.

Starting an NLP Coaching Practice more info
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NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview more info

You can see more information about starting an NLP Coaching Practice on the link above, as in this post I am focusing on:

NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview

Course Overview

Attend this two hour session with Michael Carroll and get an insider’s story on the NLP Academy Trainers Training with John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll. The session will be informal and Michael will talk about how the course is structured and the practical applications of setting up an NLP based training business. So if you have been thinking of taking a trainers training and are not totally sure yet, come to this preview and get a feel for how a Grinder, Bostic, Carroll course runs and how you can expect to make a return on your investment.

Topics of the session

  • NLP Academy Trainers Training, course structure
  • Certification requirements
  • Joining the ITA (international Trainers Academy) and issuing John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll signed certificates
  • Setting up an NLP based business
  • Business training, the practicalities of taking NLP to the business world

This session is totally free and designed to give practical information. People who have taken the NLP Academy Trainers Training will be there for you to chat with. There will be a Q and A session at the end so any questions can be answered.

Date 14th May 2011
Venue NLP Academy Centre
Trainers Michael Carroll

Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm
Finish Time: 4:00pm

Price: FREE

Act now to secure your place:
Call: 0208 686 9952
Email:
info@nlpacademy.co.uk
Online: Click here

I look forward to seeing you there!

David Hamilton

NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview

Starting an NLP Coaching Practice

One question that we are constantly asked at the NLP Academy is “Can I make money out of NLP?”. We have decided to give you the answer in form a 2 hour workshop this Saturday, where Michael Carroll will teach you the trade secrets of setting up a successful coaching practice.

This Saturday the NLP Academy will be running 2 FREE workshops.

Starting an NLP Coaching Practice more info
and
NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview more info

You can see more information about starting an NLP Trainers Training: A FREE Preview on the link above, as in this post I am focusing on:

Starting an NLP Coaching Practice

Course Overview

Would you approach a person who is broke and unsuccessful to be your coach? Probably not! Sadly, many coaches do not use their NLP skills on themselves to be successful. Hopefully you have a different attitude. If you are thinking of starting an NLP based business this FREE session is a must.
Michael Carroll has built a coaching practice that includes rock stars (who have had number one hits), a racing driver, television and media personalities and people from all imaginable walks of life. The topic of this session is, as it says on the tin ‘How to start an NLP Coaching Practice’. The session is aimed at people who are thinking about coming into the field. So if you are considering a Practitioner or Master Practitioner course and want to find how viable it is for you to start a business – this session will be of great value to you.

Topics:
The viability of earning a healthy living through NLP
How to attract clients
Developing your area of expertise
Building your reputation in your area of expertise
Opening corporate doors

Date 14th May 2011
Venue NLP Academy Centre
Trainers Michael Carroll

Registration: 9:30am
Start Time: 10:00am
Finish Time: 12:00pm

Price: FREE

Act now to secure your place:
Call: 0208 686 9952
Email:
info@nlpacademy.co.uk
Online: Click here

I look forward to seeing you there!

David Hamilton

Starting an NLP Coaching Practice