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The meta model

The Meta Model is a linguistic model generated by Bandler and Grinder and based upon the observable behaviours of the renowned practitioner of Conjoint Family Therapy, Virginia Satir.

Whilst it's roots spring from theraputic technique, the Meta Model represents something far more than simply a tool for therapy. It is important to recognise that the Meta Model provides a powerful linguistic tool-kit which can be used to rapidly gain specificity and clarity wherever human beings communicate using a common natural language, be that spoken or written.

The potency of Satir's particular brand of theraputic magic lay in the way that she could speak very conversationally with her clients and have their problems seemingly disappear in a way that appeared almost magical to the untrained eye.

By careful observation Bandler and Grinder recognised the underlying patterns and unspoken rules inherent in the way Satir structured her use of language to achieve her apparently magical results, and later went on to make these patterns explicit and therefore something that could be taught to others in the form of the Meta Model.

The Meta Model is concisely and elegantly described in Bandler and Grinder's first book on the subject, The Structure of Magic I, as:-

Simply put, the overall strategy of the Meta-model is to identify, challenge and expand the impoverished and limiting portions of an individual's model of the world.

In many ways the Meta Model is one of the easiest to learn, because it's the exact opposite of the Milton Model. The Meta Model questions mirror the hypnotic patterns found in the Milton Model and, for consistency, you can learn them in the same sequence.

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