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Every thing you need to know about NLP Presupposition

Before we discuss the presuppositions of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), let us understand what does the term “presupposition” mean.

Define Presuppositions

In linguistics, presupposition refers to that part of the sentence which one has to agree with in order to make sense of the complete sentence. In other words, the presupposition is that part of the sentence that you have to agree with even if you disagree with the sentence.

Consider the following example:

“My subordinate is as bad as my boss.”

Whether I agree with the idea that the subordinate is as bad as the boss or disagree with it, in order to make sense of the statement, I have to assume that the boss is bad.

Without that assumption, the sentence wouldn’t make sense.

Define NLP Presuppositions

When we talk about presuppositions of NLP, we are basically referring to those beliefs or ideas on which the model of NLP is built. These are the ideas or beliefs that one has to assume are true, in order to make sense of the NLP model.

What are NLP Presuppositions based on?

Since NLP as a model is a result of modelling people who were effective in doing what they did, its presuppositions are based on the principles that were followed by people who consistently produced superb results.

Practitioners of NLP will generally accept these principles as truth, at least within the context of understanding and applying these models. These presuppositions not only enable us to make sense of the NLP model but also apply it effectively.

On this page, you will find details about the various NLP presuppositions and how they can be applied in your life and in your coaching and psychotherapy practice.

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