Reverse Meta Model: Simple Deletions


Reverse Meta Model: Simple Deletions

A simple deletion is when an important element in a statement is missing. This is different from the earlier category of “unspecified nouns” because in the latter case the sentence has an object, it’s just unspecified. Here, it would be missing entirely.

Here are some examples of how a client might use them and thus inspire us, as therapists, to employ the meta model to recover information lost from the surface structure of their sentences:

I don’t know… it’s just awful.

This happens every time I go.

My Dad told me, and he was proven right over and over again.

And here are some examples of how we can purposely simply delete, for positive purpose:

“I know you are wondering.” (about what? – The listener must fill in the blank.)

“And as she drifted into trance she listened carefully.”

“Deeper and deeper. That’s right.”

About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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