A verb that deletes specific information in any way as to how, when or where is called in NLP Unspecified Verb. Unspecified Verbs are verbs (the doing part) in a sentence that don’t fully describe the action taking place. They don’t give enough information to let you know what is going on for them. People usually fill in the gap with their own experience – called Mind Reading. When people use unspecified verbs, all it means is that they do not have the descriptive way of representing what they mean and/or understand.
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?
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.
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