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In NLP Comparative Deletion is any statement wherein a comparison is implied or given. But where one side of the comparison is omitted. When you accept a statement without understanding what’s behind it, you get stuck. Many “self esteem” issues come from deciding someone is better or more worthy at a general level rather than questioning the standard. “Better at what specifically?” If you don’t know what the standard is, how can you improve or disregard it?

Filling in the question with an answer without challenging the question, will result in a mind read again. Better is it to challenge the question to gain more knowledge what is behind it.

Vague comparisons use words like better, best, harder, faster, stronger, improved, more, less, very, bigger, smaller, brighter, louder, healthier, superior, smarter, enhanced. Marketers love these terms in commercials and advertisements. They slip in a percentage together with the comparison so it sounds more credible. Did you catch the deletion in the last sentence – more credible than what?


Some exploration

To explore NLP Comparative Deletion more in depth, lets take the following statement as an example: “I like this dish much more”. This statement, we can challenge in two ways. First we can elicit the other side of the comparison, which is unknown, by asking “Than which other dish, specifically?” The answer results in to provide you the answer to what is deleted prior to the statement. You can also walk the pathway of finding the constraints of the comparison by asking “You like this dish much more under what conditions?” The answer to this question will deliver you information on the constraints (or conditions) where he or she likes the dish more. NLP Comparative Deletion.


And some examples

Below some examples follow of Comparative Deletions, followed by their question to elicit the other side of the comparison and to find the constraints of the comparison: NLP Comparative Deletion.

  • You are twice as slow – Twice as slow compared to whom? – Twice as slow when?
  • This one is a bit less green – Less green than what? – Less greener when?
  • He listens less – Less than whom? – Listens less when? NLP Comparative Deletion.

To exercise, write down 20 Comparative Deletions. Start listening to every discussion, chitchat or small talk you hear today. Pay attention to any conversation between people what Comparative Deletions they make. Only listen, not intervening. NLP Comparative Deletion.

More Information

In NLP Comparative Deletion is part of the higher chunk called Deletion which is part of the Meta Model.

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