Sally emailed me asking me to make clear the distinctions of Course of, Sample and Content material.
These three phrases confuse starting and superior NLP college students alike - mainly the method/content material distinction.
I am going to share with you my definition. It is VERY seemingly for different trainers to disagree with it. Undertake it in the event you discover it helpful.
Within the context of NLP, a sample is a predictable unit of behavioral sequence.
Now what the hell does that imply?
Gregory Bateson defines the sample as follows in Steps To An Ecology of The Thoughts:
any combination of occasions or objects (e.g. a sequence of phonemes, a portray, or a frog or a tradition) shall be mentioned to include a "redundancy" or a "sample" if the mixture will be divided in any means by a "slash mark" such that an observer perceiving solely what's on one facet of the slash mark can guess with higher than random success, what's on the opposite facet of the slash mark.... Or, once more from the viewpoint of a cybernetic observer, the data accessible on one facet of the slash will restrain) i.e. cut back the likelihood of) improper guessing.
OK, now that we have now the jargon and the summary out of the way in which, let's do that in English.
As an example that you simply contact James's hair and he will get offended. Hmmm, fascinating... Then, you discover later that Tim touches James's hair and he will get offended once more. Wow, what is going on on right here? One other time, Tara touches James's hair and he will get offended once more.
At this level, you have observed a sample. How will you inform? As a result of you may semi-accurately predict that anytime somebody touches James's hair, he will get offended.
That is the construction of a sample. Anytime x occurs, y occurs. Anytime somebody touches James's hair, James will get offended.
To make use of Bateson's slash mark, it appears as follows: somebody touches James's hair/James will get offended.
Now, in the event you have been to observe solely half of the film (somebody touching James's hair) and paused it, you can precisely predict the second half of the film (James getting offended).
You are surrounded by patterns. The refrain of a track is a sample, which you'll predict time and time once more. You in all probability brush your enamel and dry your post-shower physique in a sample, realizing precisely what comes after every stroke.
Anytime x occurs, y occurs.
Course of vs Content material
Now on to the feud! Right here we go...
Have been John Grinder speaking to you, he would undoubtedly argue that this IS the NLP distinction in remedy.
As soon as once more, let's hit an instance to make this extra apparent than Leonardo DiCaprio strolling round in Uganda.
Karl wants remedy, based on him. The rationale for this, he tells you, is that his father beat him when he was a child.
This final piece of information is content material.
A psychotherapist skilled in most modalities would seemingly dabble into content material to carry out an intervention. This is able to contain exploring Karl's relationship to his father, reliving among the beatings, attempting to know why his father beat him the way in which he did, and so forth.
Enters the NLP-trained therapist.
This therapist will discover how Karl represents the issue scenario. In different phrases, what does Karl do to make himself really feel dangerous? Does he make footage? Does he discuss to himself? Does he hear sure voices? Does he expertise kinesthetic sensations?
As soon as she has recognized that Karl talks to himself after which feels dangerous, the therapist will discover HOW SPECIFICALLY he talks to himself. How loud is the voice? The place in area does it come from?
Then, the therapist will information Karl in altering the way in which he talks to himself. He'll decrease the amount. He'll transfer the voice round in area. He'll speed up the voice. He'll change its pitch. All the way in which till Karl notices that he now not feels dangerous when he continues telling himself the very same issues he used to.
In different phrases, Karl is now processing the content material otherwise.
NLP-trained therapists can carry out an intervention on a consumer completely blind to the content material, that's, with out having a clue as to what the difficulty is. You'll be able to learn many examples of this in Frogs Into Princes.
So content material is what occurs. Course of is the way in which we symbolize what occurs.
Summing all of it up
There you've got it. Course of, Sample and Content material.
Course of: The best way we symbolize what occurs.
Sample: Anytime x occurs, more than likely y will occur.
Content material: What occurs.