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In NLP Ambiguities come in a variety of flavours. Phonological Ambiguity, Syntactic Ambiguity, Scope Ambiguity and Punctuation Ambiguity. Ambiguity or vague usage of language, literally means lack of specificity. You can utilise these patterns by taking advantage of everything in the listeners experience. You can use both internal and external environments to support the intention of the speaker. While working with a client, the door to your working room mistakenly opens. Instead of getting frustrated and annoyed, you start to utilise your environment.

“You may have heard a door opening and let this be an opportunity to invite new ideas and thoughts into your life, now.”. Doing so, you utilise the moment and the opportunity!

The advantage of using the NLP Ambiguities is that the brain computes and calculates everything that is possible. Take the following example: “Your unconscious now, starts to listen to me as you go deeper and deeper stil”. Several things happen in this sentence. First take the first part: “Your unconscious now …”. Your client takes it twofold. The first part: “Your unconscious now …”, where you address the unconscious And second: “You are unconscious now …”. The last example is an embedded command.

So, for you now an overview of all the chunks available in the Ambiguities section:


So utilizing the NLP Ambiguities in your language while working with a client is a powerful tool. At least to confuse, induce trance and deepen trance. Our advice; Practice these language patterns, make lists of them, categorize language and build up your own library so you become an expert.

Ambiguities or Indirect Elicitation Patterns, is part of the higher chunk called the Milton Model. Have fun reading all the other blog-posts about the Milton Model!


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