Now going the way, you already have learnt to challenge to gather more information. The Cause and Effect-pattern is a bit more complicated since you have to decide what you are going to investigate next. Because you can ask about the source of the pattern, you can ask for counter examples and you can decide to ask about the logical subsequent implications. Let’s write out an example:
“If I give you an example here, it might cause you to think of others.”
First, to ask about the source of the pattern, you can ask: “How do you know, specifically”. Next, to ask if there are any counter examples, you go “Are there? Or could there be any exceptions to this rule?”. And maybe you decide to ask about the logical subsequent implications of this pattern, what happens next, you go: “If that happened, then what would that lead to?”
The example given is only the example of “IF [A] THEN [B]”. Cause and Effect statements come in a wild variety, “WHEN [A], THEN [B]”, “[A] MAKES [B] HAPPEN”, “[A] LEAD TO [B]”, “EVERY TIME [A], [B] HAPPENS”, “[A] CAUSES [B]”. Today I challenge you to start to recognise all of the Cause and Effect patterns in your conversations and to see how people react.
As an exercise today, write 30 patterns of Cause and Effect, using the forms of “IF [A] THEN [B]”, “WHEN [A], THEN [B]”, “[A] MAKES [B] HAPPEN”, “[A] LEAD TO [B]”, “EVERY TIME [A, [B] HAPPENS” and “[A] CAUSES [B]”. In NLP Cause and Effect is part of the higher chunk called Distortion which is part of the Meta Model.
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