Take a look around you – what do you see?
If someone else was next to you looking at the same things, would they see the same things as you?
Most people would tend to think that they would, however they would have a different experience.
In a similar way I remember going to Bangkok and being amazed at the culture, the sights and the sounds, however a friend of mine went there and just noticed the dirt!
How can 2 people have such different experiences?
On an NLP Practitioner training people learn that we all perceive the world in very different ways. There is so much information going on around us that we cannot possibly consciously take in everything going on around us, so we have to filter it.
The filters we use distort, delete and generalize our experience and we ‘re-present’ what comes into our senses internally.
That is why in witness reports they can also vary so much – no two people see things in exactly the same way.
The really amazing thing is that as you look around you, you are not even directly seeing what is there. What you see is via information taken in by your senses (VAKOG – visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory), which is then sent via electrical impulses to your brain where you then experience a representation of the information taken in. So when you see the things around you they are actually in your head!
Quite heavy going for early on a Wednesday morning!
So on an NLP training we start to challenge some of these basic ways that we filter our experience and look at news ways of viewing the world. After all would you rather focus on the dirt or the wonders of life?
With NLP people can start to enjoy life more when they learn how to shift their focus and this comes down to understanding some of the filters to our experience.
Over the next few blogs we will start to explore some of these filters in more depth.
If you would like to change your filter, then come and join us on our next NLP Practitioner training between June 13 – 19, or if you are already an NLP Practitioner then join our Master Practitioner training at the end of April.