Understanding others…

Living in Kildare it has been impossible this week not to be immersed in the latest event in Naas (see http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1122/scullyd.html or http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1126/1224308164751.html or http://www.joe.ie/news-politics/current-affairs/audio-naas-mayor-darren-scullys-comments-on-black-africans-0017968-1) and I’d like to look at it from an NLP perspective, you know, the ‘Now, let’s put our NLP hat on’ and with it, of course, I see first a clear case of deletion filter -deletion of any single case where the interaction may have been positive- and generalization filter -from several cases generalization to a community- (see communication model at What is NLP about). Understanding the filters we applied is the key to recovering the deep structure of our communication (See Structure of Magic Volume 1) and of course improving our understanding of others. The NLP presupposition ‘The map is not the territory’ or ‘Every behaviour has a positive intent’ are other important items to allow us a re-framing of our interaction with others and therefore our understanding of others. Another perspective here could be added, the understanding of the Graves values level of thinking, and an attitude that is seen as rude for us in our environment, may actually be indispensable to survive in another environment, and switching from one to another is far from evident or immediate. Maybe? taking an NLP training course in communication should be a prerogative to any political position, after all?

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