Meta Programs in NLP (revised list)

Posted by Chris Morris on 8th March 2011

This is the list I use for presenting/grouping Meta Programs (in the context of teaching NLP). I think some people do it differently so this could be a useful thread if we share more versions.

PRIMARY INTEREST / SORT
People (who)
Places (where)
Activities (what)
Information (what)
Things (what)
Motives (why)
Purposes (what for)
Time (when)
Processes (how)
Quantities (how much)

TIME PROCESSING
In time
Through time
Between times
Beyond time / “out of time”
TIME ORIENTATION
Past
Present
Future
Non-temporal

PROCESSING & PERCEPTUAL AWARENESS
Sequential
Simultaneous
REASONING & PROCESSING METHOD
Inductive
Deductive
Abductive

REASON
Possibility / Desire
Necessity
DIRECTION
Towards
Away

SOURCE OF MOTIVATION
Internal
External

TASK PREFERENCE
Options
Procedures
FOCUS OF ATTENTION
Inside
Outside
SCOPE OF THINKING & GROUPING
Global / Large
Specific / Small
FLOW OF MENTAL EVENTS
Matching (Sameness)
Mis-matching (Difference)

SOURCE OF EVALUATION
Self
Others
FOCUS FOR EVALUATION
Process
Result
CONVINCER BEHAVIOR
Action
Thought
Emotion
CONVINCER PROCESS
Automatic
# Repetitions
Consistency
Time

Credit goes to a lot of people who’ve helped me understand and develop my understanding of Meta Programs, including Gabe Guerrero, Eric Robbie and Richard Bandler.