Patterns and Classifications


Here in Newcastle its no surprise that there is ‘more’ out there, quite a lot infact. Go a little further and its Tyne and Wear, further still and its Northumberland, further still its The Northeast and again England, the UK, Europe, The Earth, The Milky Way, The Galaxy and the Universe and so on and so forth…

As a hypnotherapist or using NLP for therapy,interventions or as an enhanced communication tool we utilise our own coded patterns of behaviour in our work. The NLP or Ericksonian hypnosis language and therapeutic change patterns were modelled and subsequentially coded then deployed as processes or patterns.

and as your reading this with your eyes and unconsciously processing the words you are seeing into some labels on experience that your understanding or if you like, making meaning of. You are unconsciously processing and classifying in this instance among other things the syntax ( sequence ) and semantic ( meaning ) of the English written language.

Many years ago for most of us we learned somehow to attach and plat together words and their many associated meanings. Arguably a process of deletion, experience, generalisation, distortion and among others chunking up and down and sideways.

When we read ( or hear ) words now we respond at the unconscious level to well established patterns and classifications but aren’t you more than just a little curious about how ‘we’ pattern and classify?

We habitually structure the limited portion of the universe we sense in our own unique ways. That wiley genius Bandler really did mean NLP is the study of the structure of subjective experience. Of course this habitual structuring is a good thing as it helps us to make sense of our experience and existence and to communicate this to others. And of course this habitual structuring is a way some people build prisons for themselves to live in.

But all of these separate entities aren’t really separate at all or are they? The Universe and beyond is all one continuous unified field. The distinctions and separations we experience are constructs we have created or accepted. Our sensory apparatus, kinesthetic, olfactory, auditory, gustatory and visual input channels give us direct access to a very limited proportion of what is actually going on around us. Think about our natural visual range, we ‘normally’ are not able to see into the infra-red or ultra-violet wave spectrum, human hearing has a particular range too.

The difference between a pattern ( what we percieve as a ‘whole’ and we experience through VOKOG ) and a classification ( a representation of a ‘class’ or ‘set’ of experiences that we have decided have some ‘things’ in common ) are the levels of deletion,generalisation and distortion.

but its not really about as you think about it whether its real or its made up – its reducing down to just how useful and in what particular context a pattern or classification is; and certainly how you can influence by noticing the structure of the patterns you perceive in yourself and others

best wishes

nigel hetherington

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