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NLP Comparative Deletion

So you come back for more and now to learn about NLP Comparative Deletion. Great! In this article we will zoom in in what Comparative Deletion is and explore it even deeper. We will provide you with some examples and most important of all, give you some hints about an exercise with NLP Comparative Deletion. Besides that we will give you some hints where to find more information about this pattern. As usual, Happy Days, Happy Reading, Happy Learning!

What is NLP Comparative Deletion?

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.  NLP Comparative Deletion.

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 of the NLP Comparative Deletion

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 of NLP Comparative Deletion

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: 

  • 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?

Make yourself Better: An exercise with 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 on NLP Comparative Deletion

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

Last but not Least

Remember, to increase your efficiency as a NLP Practitioner, know your positive intention for the message you want to convey, build rapport and pay attention on what and how you use language. Leave people and business in a better place that where you found them, every day!  NLP Comparative Deletion.

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