All human beings are unique and each of us will tend to have a preferred representational system that we use to organise our experience and to construct our internal maps of reality.
Some of us will be mainly Visual and will find when we think about the world that our thoughts consist largely or even entirely of images - both real and imaginary. The images may be still or moving - something which we will explore more when we look at submodalities.
Some of us will have a preferred representational system of Auditory and will organise our thoughts around the sounds that we have heard, including words that have been spoken to us (as opposed to words that we say to ourselves in our own mind which would be classed as AD).
Others still will find that their preferred representational system is Kinesthetic and they will organise their experience by how things make them feel.
If we consider the impact of representational preferences in conjunction with the filtering processes from the NLP Communication Model we can appreciate even more fully how one person's internal map of the world will differ significantly from that of another person, how the map is not the territory.
Three people, each with a different preferred representational system, engaging in the same experience will have very different internal representations of that single experience.
Over the next few pages we will consider how we can establish not only our own preferred representational system, but also how we can discover the preferred representational systems of other people and how we can make use of that knowledge once we have it.