Language Pattern Flow Chart – This is the general formula you want to use when using language patterns to help change beliefs.
- Gather Information: Eliciting the Belief to be Changed.
- Briefly specify the outcome: “What do you want?”
- Get limitation in terms of A=B or A causes B. This means that we want either A (cause) leads to B (effect) or A (specific evidence) means B (conclusion).
- Ask “What stops you?”
- If you have something specific (A), ask:
“How is that a problem?”
“What does that mean to you?”
“What does that cause or make happen?”
- If you have a response (B), ask:
“What causes you to feel that way?”
“How do you know it’s time to have that response?”
“What happens just before you have that response?”
- If you have a conclusion (B) ask:
“How do you know that?”
“What happens that gets you to conclude x?”
“What’s your evidence that x is true?”
- Check: Do you have a limiting A=B or A causes B? Is it a belief you want to change?
- Specify context: “Is [A = or causes B] always true?”
- Find out about other related limitations. “After we have taken care of [A = or causes B], will you have what you want?”
- Loosen old belief. Use all sleight of mouth and presuppositions.
- Replace with new belief. Use all sleight of mouth and presuppositions.
- Test. “So now, in that moment when [context of former limitation], is there anything that can possibly stop you from just automatically [having outcome]?”
- (Optional) Future-pace with contextualization.
“Now that you have made this change, when do you still want to [have old behavior/response] even though you also [have the new choice]?”
- Install on timeline where/when useful. Use presuppositions and verb forms.