Robert Dilts, one of the co-founders of NLP, has recently posted an informative article on the topic of modeling. Dilts says in his article, “Anyone who claims to know or care about NLP is aware that the process of modeling is the life blood of the field. The origin of NLP and its continued evolution come from the ability of NLP practitioners to model the verbal, cognitive and behavioral patterns (the “neuro-linguistic programs”) of exceptional people. It is frequently pointed out that the basis of NLP is modeling and not the “trail of techniques” that have been left in its wake.”
Within the realms of NLP there are two ‘schools’ of modeling – two distinctions – as prefered by the likes of John Grinder. Like Dilts, I tend to use the analytical modeling framework; although I have a passion for what I refer to as ‘implicit modeling’ and actually use a combination of both in my work. Yet there is also what Dilts refers to as ‘pure NLP modeling’ – this is the implicit or non-impositional form of modeling.
The difference resides principally in the degree of imposition of the perceptual and analytic categories of the modeler during the modeling process. – in the case of NLP modeling, the imposition is minimal; in the case of Analytic modeling, the imposition is maximal.
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