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Sensory predicates

One method we can use to identify the preferred representational systems of other people is to listen carefully to the words that they use when describing their experience of the world.

In particular we are listening for a certain class of words known as predicates and certain groupings of words known as predicate phrases.

This is another area of NLP in which your sensory acuity is particularly useful.

In traditional English grammar a sentence is divided into two main parts:-

  1. The subject
  1. The predicate - that which is written or said about the subject

Here's a few examples for clarity - the predicate is underlined in each example:-

John kicked the football

Sarah listened to the rhythm of the rain beating against the window pane

He saw for the first time what had been right in front of his eyes all along

Notice that the predicates in the above sentences can be associated with certain particular representational systems - kicked (kinesthetic), listened...rhythm...beating (auditory), saw......right in front of his eyes (visual).

During normal conversation people will use a mixture of predicate phrases, but they will tend to favour predicate phrases from one of their representational systems - V, K, A or Ad. The one that they favour is an indicator of their preferred representational system.

To illustrate, here are some examples of predicate phrases that you might hear and be able to use to identify another person's preferred representational system:-

Visual

Auditory

Kinesthetic

Auditory digital

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