The Meta Model technology of Magic

The Meta-Model provides an explanatory model regarding how we create our reality models from our experiences. We model the world or territory by abstracting from the world to create our internal conceptual model of the world. Doing this eventually shows up at the level of language. When it does, we find cause-effect constructions, complex equivalences, identifications, etc. (See Appendix B).

The Mefa-Modelin NLP highlights 12 neuro-Hnguistic distinctions that show up in language indicating ill-formedness in meaning or structure. These ill-formed expressions do not, necessarily, comprise a bad thing. They simply indicate significant places in our mental mapping where we have left things out (deletions), generalizedto create summationsand categories (generalizations), and changed things (distortion). Sometimes these deletions, generalizations, and distortions work to truly enhance our lives. Sometimes they create major problems.

Along with the 12 linguistic distinctions that highlight potential semantic problems, the Meta-Model offers questions for each distinction which enable us to think about mental maps and gives us the chance to re-map (hence its name, a mefa-model). These questions then empower us to build more well-formed paradigms in areas where we have left things out, over-generalized, distorted, or nominalizedin non-enhancing ways.

Overall the Meta-Model provides a way to think and talk about how we engage our mental mapping processes in the first place. By identifying the innate modeling processes (deletion, generalization, distortion) it gives us some categories for thinking about our mental maps and how to think about our thinking. As a model-of-models (a meta-model), it enables us to tune our ears to hear paradigms-our own and others. (See Appendix B for a list of the Meta-Model distinctions).

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