What is Neuro-Semantics™?

Neuro-Semantics — Actualizing Meaning & Performance

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Neuro-Semantics: Taking NLP to a higher level professionally and ethically.

Neuro-Semantics Original Vision Statement (1996)

Neuro-Semantics™ is about actualizing your highest and best. It is about making you highest meanings and visions real, and it is about implementing your best values and performance. After many years of development in NLP, Neuro-Semantics represents the latest change technology in the NLP world because it has developed many more effective methods for personal change and self-empowerment.


So, What is Neuro-Semantics?

The Latest Development in NLP

Neuro-Semantics is a model that describes how we humans get meaning (semantics) so incorporated into our body (neurology) that we feel meanings and do so in terms of our emotions and states.  Neuro-Semantics is an inter-disciplinary field that explores the structure of meaning and how those meanings become embodied within us.  In Neuro-Semantics we approach the mind-body-emotion system in several ways.  From the mental dimension, we explore how language works inside of us, how we attribute meaning, create meaning by words, associations, framing, metaphors, etc.  From the neurological dimension, we explore how our body works with ideas to “realize” or “actualize” them and how what we do influences what we believe.

In 1994, a leader in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), an early student of Richard Bandler, a cognitive behavioural psychologist Dr. L. Michael Hall developed a revolutionary model called The Meta-States™ Model, for working with self-reflexive consciousness. This breakthrough has led to another additional 150+ patterns and techniques for transformation and change. This body of work became known as Neuro-Semantics (NS) as Michael Hall co-founded with Dr. Bob Bodenhamer the International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS).

Is Neuro-Semantics a new psychology? No. It is however a new synthesis of several psychologies and several philosophies which makes it truly an inter-disciplinary model. The psychologies it embraces are: Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Developmental, Humanistic or Self-Actualization Psychology. The philosophies it operates from include: Phenomenology, General Semantics, Cognitive Linguistics, etc.

A Further Explanation to Neuro-Semantics

Neuro-Semantics is the exploration of meaning (semantics) and how we humans, as meaning-makers, make meaning. Exploring the structure of meaning and how we construct and interpret the events of life endowing them with meaning. Neuro-Semantics focuses on expanding the ability to detect meaning frames, the process of meaning making, quality controlling meanings, enriching limiting meaning, suspending dis-empowering meanings, and taking charge of one’s meaning-making instinct. So Neuro-Semantics, as a mind-body-emotion discipline, refers to how we human beings create, experience, and transform meaning within their bodies as performances (actions, skills, gestures, etc.).

Neuro-Semantics goes beyond merely exploring meaning, it enables the skills of meaning-making. It especially enables the processes of identifying meaningful possibilities that represent your highest visions and values in life and actualizing those potentials in your best performance in everyday life to achieve your highest goals and dreams.

Neuro-Semantics is a practical set of process for unleashing your highest and best and actualizing them so that your life is richly meaningful and significant, in this unleashing, there is an unleashing from the things that limit, interfere, and sabotage your best and an unleashing to your dreams of a highly productive and meaningful life. We call this unleashing process—self-actualization.

Neuro-Semantics is a communication model for exploring how the body (neuro-, the nervous system, physiology, neurology) gets programmed by the use of language (linguistics, symbols), and meaning (semantics). NLP focuses on the linear and horizontal tracking of the processes of the mind. NLP focuses on the how of human behavior. It central question is ,”How do you do that behavior?” Neuro-Semantics adds another distinction—the why of behavior (its meaning). From a higher level of mind, meaning drives behavior. There are many hidden meta (Greek for “above and about” levels of thought and meaning within the structure of subjective experience.

Neuro-Semantics is a positive, strength-based psychology designed to model the highest and best in human nature so we can transfer it to our everyday lives. The tag-line of Neuro-Semantics, Actualizing Excellence, identifies that we primarily model expertise and best practices. We are able to do this because every experience has a structure. Sometimes we also model dysfunctional experiences to understand how diminishing experiences work. Knowing how an experience works enables us to be able to transform it for higher purpose.

Neuro-Semantics is an expression of the positive psychology that Maslow and Rogers pioneered (Humanistic, Self-Actualization Psychology) that gave birth to NLP and dozens of other strength-based psychologies. In recovering its original NLP history, Neuro-Semantics is rediscovering the health-based philosophy that focuses on the further reaches of human nature.

So there you have it! Six paragraphs that define and map out Neuro-Semantics. However, there’s so much more to it.

Neuro-Semantics provides a dynamic yet systematic model in creating a robust meaning for the whole person and driving peak performance.

Neuro-Semantics enables you to win the inner game so you can achieve peak performance in your outer games of everyday life.

The Neuro-Semantics Development Beyond The Existing NLP Models

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

15 categories of Meta-Model

23 categories of Meta-Programs Model

Sub-modalities

16 categories of Sleight-of-Mouth (SOM) Model

Neuro-Semantics (NS)

Extended 21 categories of Meta-Model

Extended 51 categories of Meta-Programs Model

Meta-modalities

26 categories of Mind-Lines Model (Extended Sleight-of-Mouth)

New developing models from Neuro-Semantics: Meta-States Model, Matrix Model, Axes of Change Model, Self-Actualization Psychology Model, Benchmarking Model, Facilitation Model

Using Neuro-Semantics to Enrich Your NLP and Coaching Practices

Summary . . .

 

Neuro-Semantics is the exploration of meaning (semantics) and how we humans, as meaning-makers, make meaning.

Neuro-Semantics goes beyond merely exploring meaning, it enables the skills of meaning-making.

Neuro-Semantics is a practical set of process for unleashing your highest and best and actualizing them in your performance.

Neuro-Semantics is a communication model for exploring how the body (neuro-, the nervous system, physiology, neurology) gets programmed by the use of language (linguistics, symbols), and meaning (semantics).

Neuro-Semantics is a positive, strength-based psychology designed to model the highest and best in human nature so we can transfer it to our everyday lives.

Neuro-Semantics is an expression of the self-actualization psychology, a positive psychology.

NLP models excellence. NS actualizing excellence.

Neuro-Semantics: The Strategy for Actualizing Excellence

When you learn Neuro-Semantics, you learn new developing models from the existing NLP models, that are more robust in its philosophies, methodologies, frameworks and theories. While Neuro-Semantics grew out of the roots of NLP, Neuro-Semantics differs from NLP now and will continue to in the years to come.

So “How does Neuro-Semantics differ from NLP?” There are, of course, many over laps between NLP and NS, given NS grew out of the field of NLP. They both focus on generative change, performance and success. The distinction between the two modalities is at which ‘level’ the intervention of change occurs. The core focus of NLP is on primary states and strategies. The core focus of NS is on meta-states – higher meanings in the back of our mind.

In other words, it differs in two ways. First at the heart of Neuro-Semantics is the Meta-States Model which provides a meta-perspective to all of the Meta-models of NLP. Because of this, it explains in detail how the NLP meta-models work—how the Meta-Model of Language works, how Meta-Programs work, how Sub-Modalities work, and how the Strategy Model works.


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