Conversational Reframing Acknowledgements. Conversational Reframing Introduction.
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
... You and I belong to a species with a remarkable ability: we can shape events in each other’s brains with exquisite precision. Simply by making noises with our mouths, we can reliably cause precise new combinations of ideas to arise in each other’s minds. Steven Pinker 
Neuro-linguistics holistically summarizes the body-mindconnection between language [words, symbols, etc.] and neurology. It specifies how our neurology [i.e., nervous system and brain] process language and thereby respond to language.
Words, while totally powerless to effect and change external reality, have almost complete power to create, alter, change, destroy and invent internal reality.
...“neuroscientists have learned that thoughts are electrical impulses that trigger electrical and chemical switches in the brain. Thoughts are not just psychological in nature, they are physiological - electrochemical triggers that direct and affect the chemical activity.When given an electrical command - a thought - the brain immediately does several things: It responds to the thought by releasing appropriate control chemicals into the body, and it alerts the central nervous system to any required response or action.” Shad Helmstetter
"I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound - nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent." Sounds, colors, patterns, etc., appear to have an independent reality, yet are, in fact, constructed by the mind. All our experience of the natural world is our mind’s interpretation of the input it receives.Sir John Eccles
VAK CodingVisual [pictures, sights, images]A [sounds, noise, music, tones]Kinesthetic [sensations, physical feelings of the body]Olfactory [smells]Gustatory [tastes]
Non-sensory based language refers to all language that becomes more abstract as we delete more of the specific sensory words and generalize to a higher level.
When we go ‘meta’ to a higher logical level of symbolization and use more abstract words, we use a different kind of representational system, a non-sensory based modality.
In any social environment, we have to use language which then influences and effects the ‘life’ of the system: enhancing and/or limiting, creating and/or destroying.
Modeling consists of using tools that have their origins in Artificial Intelligence [AI], linguistics and cognitive science research with the goal of making a model of excellent behavior, for transfer to other persons.
Some Universals of the Human Linguistic ProcessI. Well-formednessII. Constiuent StructureIII. Logical Semantic RelationsA. CompletenessB. AmbiguityC. Synonymy
Generalization is the process by which elements or pieces of a person’s model become detached from their original experience and come to represent this entire category of which the experience is an example. Our ability to generalize is essential to coping with the world.
Deletion is a process by which we selectively pay attention to certain dimensions of our experiences and exclude others. An example would be the ability that people have to filter out or exclude all other sound in a room full of people talking in order to listen to one particular person’s voice.
Distortion is a process that allows us to make shifts in our experience of sensory data. Fantasy, for example, allows us to prepare for experiences that we may have before they occur. All the great novels, all the revolutionary discoveries of the sciences involve the ability to distort and misrepresent reality.
ReframingThe most fundamental goal of applying verbal patterns is to help people shift their perspective:1) from a problem to an outcome, 2) from a failure to feedback, and3) from an impossibility to an ‘as if’.
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically. "May be," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed. "May be," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "May be," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. " May be," said the farmer.
• equations statements: how we decide and model regarding meaning, what abstractions equate with behaviors, our paradigms of significance
To elicit this conversational reframing pattern, use the elicitation questions that move a person down the scale of abstraction/specificity.‘How specifically?’‘What specifically?’‘When specifically?’‘With whom specifically?’‘At what place specifically?’
To elicit this reframing pattern, use the strategy elicitation questions:‘How do you represent that belief?’‘How will you know if and when it does not hold true?’‘What comes first? What comes next?’‘How do you have each piece coded?’‘And you’re absolutely sure you don’t have that in this other format?’
Questions from Cartesian Logic:• What will happen if you do? [Theorem]• What won’t happen if you do? [Inverse]• What will happen if you don’t? [Converse]• What won’t happen if you don’t? [Non-Mirror Image Reverse]
The ‘Time’ FramesBefore: #8 Positive Prior Intention Framing#9 Positive Prior Causation FramingAfter: #10 First Outcome#11 Outcomes of Outcomes#12 Eternity Framing
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]
A man wanted to know about mind, not in nature, but in his computer. He asked ‘Do you compute that you will ever think like a human being?The machine then set to work to analyze its own computation habits. Finally, the machine printed its answer on a piece of paper, as such machines do. The man ran to get the answer and found neatly typed, the words: “That reminds me of a story”. Gregory Bateson