FITTING THE MODELS OF NEURO-SEMANTICS TOGETHERI decided to make explicit the system of Neuro-Semantics after getting questions in my MetaMaster Practitioner training:“How do the pieces of Neuro-Semantics fit together? How do the models interface with each other?”The following sorts out the models of Neuro-Semantics in terms of: Processes, Patterns and Modelsand I end it with how it all fits together within the larger context of Self-Actualization Psychology.Processes:First of all – State. A state is a general description of the combination of thinking, feeling, bodymovement, degree of muscle tension etc, We are always in a state and that state effects what wethink, feel, and how we act and speak.We get information about the world outside our head through our eyes, ears, nose, tounge andtouch/sense. We re-present this information through mental imagery, sounds or voices, tension andother kinds of feelings in our body and we also store information in smell and taste.We edit the movies (a metaphorical description of the VAKOG-information) by how we relate to it inspace (near/far, above/under/in front of/behind, inside our outside the images etc) and we givemeaning to that relationship to the “movie”. In Neuro-Semantics this is called Meta-modalities orSub-Modalities.As we represent the world in sequences of images/sounds/feeling/smell/taste we called thatstrategies.A systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 1

We use Language as a way to code the world symbolically and metaphorically (all language ismetaphorical). Language is correlating with our representations - “internal senses”, the metamodalities, and we use language to give meaning and even though we use the same words theymean different things depending to how we make meaning of the symbols through what we see,hear/say and feel about them. The Language patterns or language models are all differentapplications of the same process, Language.Then we give Meaning to things through language. We make sense of the world by explaining it toourselves linguistically by what something “is” or adapt our “map” (which of course is a metaphoricdescription of how we connect things) to what we learn from parents, family, friends, school (whichhas the purpose of making us productive citizens), work, media etc. We can give meaning thatexplain, that give us freedom and toxic meaning that limit us and can make us sick both physicallyand mentally. We embody meaning and when we tell ourselves that the meanings we have given tothings is real and true we form beliefs.We think/emote about our thinking and emoting in endless processes. As this means that we gometa (experience it from outside, above) we have states about states called Meta-States.When we give meanings to what s important that makes it valuable and we value it our values.When we value things, people, behaviors, concepts, communities etc. we feel about it, and explain itto ourselves as important. If someone “violate” our values (that is, do something different than) wefeel strong emotions about it and act in some way.The next process is Intention. We want stuff, we want to learn, we want to do and achieve, wewant to be a part of, change etc. This is the process of asking and answering Why? We learn to askwhy as very small children and most of us never stop asking why. We have small whys and really bigwhys. It is the driving force of human evolution, science, technology and society.Pre-supposition: Every behavior has a positive intention for the person doing it.The above are the basic psychological processes going on inside us. There are also chemical,biological, neurological processes that interact with the psychological processes, and that is whatA systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 2

adds the complexity to the human experience. Therefore our states and how we experience theworld and make “sense” or meaning of it is affected by hormones, chemicals, environment and moreand that will in turn affect the meanings etc. That s why one of the key pre-suppositions in NLP andNeuro-Semantics is that Mind and Body is one system because it is.Patterns: Our brains make lots and lots of patterns of stuff because they are lazy and want totake shortcuts to save “time”. That s why we develop habits and habituate responses to differentstimulis (things happening outside our heads). We have given the sequence of physical behaviors,inner reactions, feelings, images, self-talk and meaning-making a meaning that it is effective anduseful, otherwise we wouldn’t do it.Many times the habits were formed at a young age when we actually didn’t know everything or eventhat much and therefore the habits are less than useful at an older age. Sometimes we learn habitslike being afraid, or thinking in a childish way, or over-reacting to a small stimuli and getting reallypissed off etc. A phobia is a habituated sequence of responses to a very specific stimuli or set ofstimulus.This is why we use patterns in NLP and Neuro-Semantics. It is ways of thinking that is effective andfunctional in doing something different and achieving some kind of desired state.One example is the NLP “phobia cure” or the more descriptive name of “Movie rewind pattern” as itis called in Neuro-Semantics, the pattern is teaching the brain how to react in a different way to thesame stimuli, by first changing the meaning of the stimuli by running the “old movie” backwards andgiving it new meaning through circus music etc. and thus giving the brain more possible responsepathways and more flexibility.Patterns are basically more effective strategies that we train our brains with by going through theprocess by ourselves or with a guide. In NLP the patterns are more linear (at least in how they areusually taught at trainings) and utilize physiology and VAK in different ways and in Neuro-Semanticsthe patterns are more non-linear as the “change” happens at meta-levels when we meta-state, whichmeans that we ascribe new meanings, states and ways of looking at whatever we are doing at theprimary level of state and VAK.We teach the brain to ascribe new meaning, to update the thinking to that of an adult and to makenew choices and most of all, becoming more flexible in to what and how the meanings are ascribed.That is why NLP can be described as learning to “Run your own brain”.We use the patterns train (or teach) our brains how to create effective states of flow, of learning, ofbeing present, of listening, for training, for coaching, accelerate learning, develop self-esteem,A systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 3

patterns for self-leadership, flow-states, patterns for resilience and much more. The patterns all trainthe brain to develop new habituated responses and more flexibility and to “actualize excellence” inourselves and others.Models in Neuro-Semantics:The Meta-States Model:This is the modeling of the Self-reflexive consciousness, which basically means that we think and feelabout our thoughts and feelings, in endless loops. Have you ever begun your day by waking up in abad mood, grumbling? And then thought about what a bad mood you are in, and maybe stub yourtoe or burnt your toast, and then that set the tone for the rest of the day, and everybody you metwas an asshole, because of the mood you were in and the looping of your thoughts about that day?Have you ever awakened in a good mood, and everything went your way, and people smiled at youand you said to yourself, “what a great day”, and that mood got bigger and brighter?That is the looping of your thoughts and the thinking about your thinking in layer upon layer.“The Meta-States Model in Neuro-Semantics is the model that enable you to appreciate, understandand work with your reflexivity. This dynamic, systemic process is what distinguishes you from all theanimals and makes our kind of consciousness so special, so incredibly powerful, so sacred and sodangerous. Without the ability to recognize and manage the reflexivity, you can get yourself in a spinthat can diminish you as a human being and even make you a candidate for suicide. The way yourespond to your responses can become so toxic, so perditious, and so morbid that you become yourown worst enemy as you just sit and “think”.”Dr L. Michael Hall – Neuro-Semantics – Actualizing Meaning & Performance.The Meta-Programs Model:“Meta-Programs” are those programs in oureyes or minds by which we filter what we see inMeta-Programs are our habituated response and thinkingthe world. As perceptual filters, our metapatterns in a certain context. When we go “meta” to ourprograms identify what we sort for, paythoughts and feelings, we create frames of mind. When weattention to, look for, “see,” etc.”repeat the same kind of meta-stating often enough theyL. Michael Hall – Perceptual Geniushabituate (as our brains like patterns) and they become“programs” (a metaphor for habits). Suddenly we just respond without having to think because ofthese contextual “programs”.Dr L. Michael Hall and Bob Bodenhamer identified 60 Meta-Programs in the book “Figuring OutPeople” and sorted them in four categories: Cognitive, Emotive, Choosing and Conceptual/Semantic(Meta Meta-Programs).Meta-Programs are not personality traits, they are behaviors and responses.“Because meta-programs describe one of the hidden processes or dynamic structures in how weattend things, focus our perceptions, and filter the lenses of our mental sight—detecting, recognizing,and using meta-programs offers a yellow-brick road into human reality. Otherwise, people seemmysterious, strange, weird, unfathomable, and stubborn. Knowing how to work with meta-programsenables us to create rapport at a higher or meta level, and to gain trust and credibility with moreelegance and speed.” Dr L. Michael Hall – Perceptual Genius Training Manual (2005)A systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 4

Self-Actualization Psychologyis the higher framework around Neuro-Semantics based onthe work of Abraham Maslow.The basic (animal) needs: We all have survival needs (food, drink, warmth, sleep etc.), we all havesafety needs (Self-confidence, stability,predictability etc.), we all have social needs(family, work, groups, acceptance etc.), andwe all have self needs (having a voice, honor,respect, dignity, self-worth etc.).These needs are all affected by the meaningsand intentions we ascribe to them. If thosemeanings are toxic or distorted (too muchmeaning or to little meaning to functioneffectively) the need can be distorted andneurotic and we become stressed and sick.When we gratify the basic needs effectivelythey go away until the next time the needarise, like food or sleep. If the basic needs are not gratified they fill our senses and “scream” untilthey are met and that is what keeps us from the self-actualizing needs.The Self-Actualizing (fully human) needs / Meta needs: These needs become more available whenthe basic needs are met. In order to fully live as self-actualizing humans the basic needs have to begratified every day in different degrees.Examples of Self-Actualizing needs are: Meaningfulness – a sense of significance, Wisdom needs –multiple and rich perspectives, Justice needs – to make things right, Cognitive needs – to know,understand and learn, Contribution needs – to make a difference, the need to choose your ownunique way of life, Aesthetic needs – to see, enjoy and create beauty, etc.In Neuro-Semantics we have four different trainings in Self-Actualization: Unleashing Vitality (thebasic needs, the meta-needs and peeking skills), Unleashing Potentials (meaning making, theCrucible, and the Flow of Self-Actualization), Unleashing Creativity (creative thinking, problemdefining and solving, solutions and innovations), Unleashing Leadership (self-actualizing leaders andcompanies).Purpose: An overarching psychological framework describing the processes and theory in SelfActualization and Human development. It explores the “bright side” of human psychology ratherthan the “sick side”.Application: It s applicable in many areas such as Leadership, Business, Coaching, Training, PersonalDevelopment, Health and much more.A systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 5

Tools and Models for Self-ActualizationSelf-Actualisation Assessment Scale:We use this tool to explore how we cope with our basic physical, emotional and psychological needs.When we find out that we are not coping or handling a need, we can explore why that is so.Meaning – Performance Model: A simple model that becomes complex when we fill it withcontent. It brings the four power zones into two axels. The Meaning axel of thinking (meaningmaking) and emoting and the Performance axel of saying and doing. Depending on how much andwhat kind of meaning we perform at lower or higher levels.A systemic look at Neuro-Semantics and how it all fits together. Based on the work of Dr. L. Michael HallBy Patrik Fordell, NS/NLP Trainer, Master Trainer Candidate and Meta-Coach (ACMC) www.self-actualisation.seSida 6

The Self-Actualization Quadrants: This model use the meaning-performance axes appliedto coaching and self-actualization. When you actua