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.
Sometimes it is useful and sometimes it prevents them from expressing themselves well or changing their views of behavior freely in response to new information or in new contexts. This is another area in which the line is thin between information gathering and intervention, because getting more detailed information is sometimes enough to allow changes that would not have taken place beforehand.
Are you able to picture the events in the statements? If you can’t, or the process is fuzzy, there is probably an unspecified verb (or noun) lurking. Try it “He sat on my foot” – I can make a movie of this. “He hurt my foot” – I am trying on different things in my movie. NLP Unspecified Verb.
Closely related to unexplained verbs are nominalizations, which are unclear verbs we twist into nouns. First the process is “Delete” then “Distort” is touched. My frustration with the boss makes me exhausted. (“My boss frustrates me” becomes a solid thing) NLP Unspecified Verb.
To some extent, every verb is unspecified. We would be overwhelmed if we specified everything. What will you gain by having more information on a particular verb? NLP Unspecified Verb.
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