DeConstructionism At Its Best

These deframing patterns hark back to the Meta-Model which we have used as we theorized about all this stuff in the first place. Actually, the Meta-Model operates as a reductionist tool par excellence. It does so because, as a neuro-linguistictool, it enables us to tear apart linguistic and semantic constructions.

By asking for specificity, precision, and clarity, the Meta-Model questions coach a speaker to go back to the experience out of which he or she created the mental map in the first place. This frequently has the effect of tearing apart the map—or imploding the old construction (to quote a metaphorthat popped into Bob's mind one day while he taught this!).

A caveat, For these reasons, if we don't handle the Meta-Model questions with care and respect, we can drill a person like a district attorney and thereby become a meta-monster! In fact, this apparently happened when John Grinder first began teaching the Meta-Model at the University of Southern California in Santa Cruz. His students returned after the first weekend complaining that they didn't have any friends left. So be gentle—it can feel abrasive to people not used to too much clarity or reality.

As a technology of de-construction, the Meta-Model empowers us to de-abstract our abstractions. With it we can de-nominalize nominalizations. So in deframing we will primarily use the twelve sets of questions in the Meta-Model to pull apart meaning constructions.

Conceptually, think about the meaning formula and the meaning box and imagine yourself going deep, deep inside that box. Imagine yourself floating down deep within it, all the way down until you reach the very conceptual foundations of the belief. Once you have done that, then access a state of feeling "picky." You know, a high level state of analyzing something to death. As you do, feel yourself putting on your white laboratory coat and, like a good analytic scientist, coming with me to discover the component pieces that make up the formula so that you can sabotage it for good!

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