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Parents - They never get it entirely right! Parents are humans too. Very much of our adult activity is governed by subconscious responses that have not changed since our parents raised us. For instance, if a mother demonstrates a fear of snakes, the adult child may be afraid of snakes without knowing why. For better or worse, we were raised by our parents. During our childhoods, with their 'help' we built a library of subconscious reactions that don't always make sense in an adult world.


Positive Intention - One of the presuppositions in NLP is that every action is motivated by a positive intention. The positive intention may not be useful in current contexts, but at one time, parts of our subconscious formed a positive intention for every action. Now that you're an adult, screaming at the top of your lungs when you're hungry may not have the effect you'd like. But that action's positive intention worked great when you were two weeks old. As an adult, you may find yourself screaming at your children when they don't do what you want, even though your conscous mind knows this isn't going to bring the outcome you want.


Pattern - A term often used in NLP either to describe a series of behaviors and their related internal states, or used interchangeable with 'technique' to describe a specific therapeutic procedure. For instance, "we could use the 6-Step Reframing pattern."


Practitioner - A person trained in NLP who works with clients. The practitioner is the programmer, and the client is the subject.


Present State - (also known as current state) The current state of affairs it the subject's life. Generally, there is something about the present state that the subject wants to improve. As a programmer, it is always a good idea to respect the present state, and know that it is better that what it replaced. Often, reframing specific aspects of the present state is all the subject needs and can have rather spectacular results.


Programmer - This refers to a person using NLP skills in any environment ranging from casual, to student to professional practitioner. The programmer generally works with one or more subjects - the people who are the beneficiaries of her efforts. 


Psychiatrist - A person with full medical training that specializes in disorders of the mind. The psychologist may use everything in the psychologist's toolkit, and can prescribe medicine. 


Psychologist - A person who is schooled in the functioning of the mind and can work with clients who have  mental disorders, as well as those who merely seek self-improvement, generally using speaking therapy. The psychologist generally does not have full medical training, and cannot prescribe medicine. 


Physiology - In NLP the term physiology is usually used to describe the subject's body responses to internal stimulus. By noticing physiological changes such as amount of sweat on the skin, skin color, eye brightness, muscle tension and breathing patterns, the programmer can understand more clearly what's happening with the subject. For instance, if the subject says his 'neighbor is alright,' but at the same time stops breathing for a moment and raises his shoulders, the programmer may discover that the neighbor is not 'alright' at all.


More coming soon!