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(eBook - English) Remodelling NLP Part 6

(eBook - English) Remodelling NLP Part 6

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 Rapport: Re-Modelling NLP Part Six:Understanding Change
Introduction
The main motivation for my ”re-modelling NLP” was and continues to be to improve theeffectiveness of change. As part of this it is important for me to understand how things work,especially where I am likely to be involved in usefully changing them.In developing my work in this area I have been greatly influenced by the work of many people including Gregory Bateson (logical types and levels) and some of his students and co-workers, Haley, Watzlawick (first and second order change; problem formation and solving),and Keeney (first and second order cybernetics). I have not had the space to outline their major contributions in this area so I would enthusiastically recommend reading them in thereown words. I have listed a few references to their work below. I hope that this article willencourage you to continue to explore this central process of change in all aspects of your life.My desire to provide better, more effective, assistance to children and families 20 years ago,continued through my work with groups, communities, organisations, teams and businesses.In all of these areas change was the central feature. For over twenty years I have exploreddifferent types of change, different techniques, processes, theories, always returning toquestion three main areas related to the tool or skills; the tool, the explanation of the tool, andthe user of the tool. In these areas I have been concerned with the best now but also how tofurther develop in the future. Some of the questions are listed below.
 
QuestionFocusInvestigate -Know - DoFurther questions
Does it work?ToolDoWhat does it do?How does it do it?Why does it work that way or anyother way?Can I work it properly?UserInvestigateWhat do I do in working it?How do I work it?Why do I work it this way?Does it work theway it is claimed?ExplanationKnowWhat other alternatives are there?How else can it be done?Why specifically does is work this
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“It would hardly be too much to say that modern sciencebegan when people became accustomed to the idea of changes changing, e.g. to the idea of acceleration asopposed to simple motion”.
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way?Can I work it better?UserInvestigateWhat can I do better?How can I do it better?Why will this be better? Can it work better?ToolDoWhat can be better?How can it be better?Why is this better?Can it be explained better?ExplanationKnowWhat can be explained better?How can it be explained better?Why can it be explained better?These are developmental questions. They encourage openness to exploring a practicalunderstanding of change.
Change
 NLP emphasises the importance of change. It therefore can come as a surprise that changeitself was not modelled within traditional NLP. If you take any NLP book and look at theindex (if there is one!) or glossary for example the major contributions in “The Structure of Magic vol. II and “Roots of NLP”, “NLP volume I”, "Changing Beliefs", “Modelling with NLP” and check for anything on “change” you will find very little. An explanation of howchange occurs and why it occurs is absent in all the core or key NLP books. If NLP isconcerned with change why is there so little? Perhaps because it was taken for granted thatwe all know how and why change occurs. This assumption turns out to be very mistakenindeed. If on the other hand no one had modelled change then that is different. I decided thatchange is well worth modelling. The modelling of change contributed both to my re-modelling of NLP and to the formation and further development of DevelopmentalBehavioural Modelling DBM.As I highlighted in previous articles NLP was designed to offer behavioural models, skills andtechniques. This is change at the level of technology. It is based on changing products - the bad feelings that clients don't like or beliefs that limit their behaviour or again that they don'tlike.DBM goes far beyond this as I outline in my last article. In this article I will outline some of the products of my modelling of change and in the next article how to facilitate change and touse modelling as the total approach.
Basic Model Of Change
Change means difference. We are constantly changing in a world that is constantly changing.We receive news of differences through our senses. In this part we will explore how changeoccurs and how we can be more influential in the direction and outcome of particular changes.The following model was outlined by Robert Dilts as the NLP model of change.
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New Model of Change
This Basic Model of Change is REMEDIAL in structure, in that a 'problem state' has to firstexist and then be remedied.My work on modelling the change process and applying NLP to model NLP itself has resultedin many new developments, not least of which can represented in another change pattern. This pattern is used extensively in our Perspective Patterns, Historical Layering process, and other forms of GENERATIVE change.Most change processes involve a portion of REMEDIAL and GENERATIVE change. Ingeneral though generative change is the preference where possible. In Generative changethere is a pattern of 'non-appearance' of 'would-have-been problems':The symbol (?) in the new behaviour highlights that the generative model is not designed tocreate a specific response but a more resourceful responding. The potential increaseinflexibility and creativity means that the actual response is not totally predictable.
Divergent and Convergent Change: Twelve Patterns
A further distinction that has proven to be useful is to model change in terms of DIVERGINGform some stability and CONVERGING on some new stability.I have listed below twelve patterns of change. Both types are important for growth anddevelopment. There may be a temptation to prioritise or favour the convergent types of change.
Patterns of ChangeDivergentConvergentInterruptionStability / ContinuityFractionationIntegrationRandomSequence
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DesiredState(DS)AddResources(R)ProblemState(PS)New Behaviour orBetter Response(?)PotentialProblemState(PPS)Pre-EstablishResources(R)

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