NLP Meta Model

The NLP Meta Model is a set of language patterns that reconnects the deletions, distortions and generalisations that occur in everyday language use with the experience that generated them. Recovers them from the deep structure.


  • To gather information
  • Clarify meaning
  • Identify limits
  • Give choices
  • Bring someone out of trance

Deletion, distortion and generalisation

Deletion – something important is left out of the sentence. This limits thought and action.

Distortion – Information is twisted in a way that limits choice and leads to unnecessary problems and pain

Generalisations – we create categories or classes from single examples, by chunking (organising information into groups or “chunks”).


The NLP language patterns of Meta Model and Milton Model a

re explained in full, with examples and exercises for you to complete in our live NLP Training Courses and in our NLP e-Learning series


Meta Model v Milton Model

Meta Model is used to bring people out of trance, Milton Model used to induce trance.


Meta Model v Milton Model

Meta Model 3

Directed questioning for a specific result.

Ask the following questions:

  • Whats wrong?
  • What caused this problem?
  • How have you failed to resolve this?
  • How can you overcome the solution to your problem?
  • What would you like to change?
  • When will you stop it from being a limitation?
  • How many ways do you know you have solved this?

State – I know you are changing and seeing things differently.

…and confirm.

This is an NLP Master Practitioner subject and is taught by Excellence Assured in our NLP training online at our e-Learning centre.


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