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NLP Cognition of Events

NLP Cognition of Events
As we look at the NLP model, the process begins with an
external event that we experience through our senses. Our
cognition of the event occurs as we experience the information
that comes in through our sensory input channels which are:
Visual including what we see or the way someone looks at us;
Auditory which includes sounds, the words we hear and the
way that people say those words to us;
Kinesthetic or external feelings, which include the touch of
someone or something, the pressure and the texture;
Olfactory which is smell; and
Gustatory which is taste.
After the external event comes in through our sensory input
channels, and before we make an Internal Representation (IR) of
the event, we filter the event. We run that event through our
internal processing filters. Our internal processing filters are how
we delete, distort and generalize the information that comes in
through our five senses.
Deletion occurs when we selectively pay attention to certain
aspects of our experience and not others. Deletion means we
overlook or omit certain sensory information. Without deletion,
we would be faced with much too much information to handle in
our conscious minds.
Distortion occurs when we make shifts in our experience of
sensory data by making misrepresentations of reality. There’s a
well known story of distortion in Eastern philosophy. It is called
the story of the rope and the snake. A man walking along a road
saw what he believed to be a snake and yelled, “SNAKE.”
However, upon closer investigation he is relieved to discover that
it really was only a piece of rope.
Distortion also helps us in the process of motivating ourselves.
Motivation occurs when we actually distort the material that has
come to us and that has already been changed by one of our
filtering systems. Distortion is also helpful in planning. We distort
to plan when we construct imaginary futures.

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