Understanding And Using The Milton Model 10: Switching Referential Index

Because the Milton Model patterns were originally named from the perspective of academic linguistics (John Grinder was a linguistics professor), the names of the patterns lead people to think that they are more complicated than they actually are. But when you look at a pattern like this next one – “Switching Referential Index” – you […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 9: Extended Quotes

I learned about the ‘Extended Quotes’ language pattern from my first teacher of NLP, who told me about the impact it had had on her when she first heard it from Tad James in California at the beginning of the nineties. Tad was telling his class a story about when he was apprenticed to Richard […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 8: Embedded Suggestions

‘Embedded Suggestions’ are one of the most important Milton Model patterns for influence and getting people to do what you want them to do. With embedded suggestions, you can embed a word or phrase within the longer sentence that your listener’s conscious mind hears, in a way that the unconscious mind hears the embedded suggestion […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 7: Indirect Suggestions – Ambiguity

In the previous article (Pacing) we considered ways that you can use statements about a person’s current experience to assist them into a trance state. Now we can look at some ways to make suggestions indirectly to their unconscious mind, which may slip past their conscious awareness unnoticed. First, let’s explore different forms of Ambiguity. […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 6: Pacing

There is more to the Milton Model than just ‘the Meta Model stood on its head’. Bandler and Grinder also modelled other language patterns from Milton Erickson, as well as particular ways of speaking that enabled him to communicate with his client’s unconscious mind at a deep level, at the same time as the surface […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 5: Deletions

As well as Distortions and Generalisations, there’s another type of Milton Model pattern that we can class as ‘Deletions’. Why deletions? Because some information has been left out or at least left deliberately vague. In order to make sense of something that’s left vague or has some information omitted altogether, the listener has to fill […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 4: Generalisations

Another set of Milton Model patterns can be classed as ‘Generalisations’. These are statements about the world, or about relationships between things, which are spoken as if they are true. We can use the questions in the Meta Model to ‘challenge’ or at least investigate these statements it they are not helpful, but in the […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 3: Distortions

Many of the patterns in the Milton Model are just Meta Model patterns ‘in reverse’ – chunking up for abstraction and vagueness, rather than questions drilling down to specifics. This article considers the patterns we can class as ‘Distortions’. Mind Reads And I know you remember that ‘mind reading’ in NLP describes when someone is […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 2: What It Is And Why You Need To Know About It

Introduction to the Milton Model In episodes 35, 36, and 37 of the Practical NLP Podcast we learned the Meta Model questions for getting more specific and for, if you will, ‘challenging’ vagueness. Now it’s time to go the other way – communicating at higher levels, vaguer, more abstract levels of the Hierarchy of Ideas […]

Understanding And Using The Milton Model 1: The Hierarchy Of Ideas (‘Chunking’)

The ‘Hierarchy of Ideas’ is something you need to get your head round before you can really understand how NLP language patterns work. Luckily it’s easy to understand. The concept is to do with how abstract or specific your language is, which of course indicates where on the spectrum between overall ‘big picture’ and fine-grained […]