Reverse Meta Model: Unspecified Verbs


Reverse Meta Model: Unspecified Verbs

An unspecified verb is one that offers only a vague description of an action. When we use the meta model we endeavor to gather more precision by asking good questions.

As an example, if we heard someone say, “she went to the party,” we would have no idea exactly how she “went,” so we’d ask a question. We might ask, “Precisely how did she transport herself to said social gathering?” Or we might ask, “How’d she go?” Either question would serve the purpose of eliciting more information and a more precise description of her action.

Of course there are other things in this sentence we’re can’t be sure of either, like who she is, what party she was going to, etc., but for our purposes here, we are focusing on the unspecified verb.

By the way – it should be noted that ALL verbs are unspecified to a certain degree. No verbal description can ever completely convey the actual physical act. So if the answer to our above question was “she ran to the party,” we’d know much more than we did, but do we know if she sprinted, jogged, rushed, loped or cantered? No.

So that’s how you use the meta model. To “reverse” the meta model (itself an unspecified verb), we will be purposely vague. As hypnotic speakers, we can choose to deliberately be nonspecific in our verb choices so the listener can have more freedom to let their internal imaginings take place.

In the following “artfully vague” examples, we deliberately can say things that contain unspecified verbs:

Go into trance now.”
“People can learn these patterns rapidly.”
“You may enjoy a delightful experience.”
“And you can drop down into that good feeling.”

“…and as you read these words
you may begin to discover
that you are learning
so rapidly
in ways that you were not even aware of … yet
are there and are yours
to keep and appreciate
how you can utilize these skills
as you practice everyday.”

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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