Semantic Prime – NLP


A Semantic Prime in NLP is a word at such a deep level of meaning as to affect different contexts.

Semantically dense word –  Words packed with more meaning, implication or information than the author or speaker ever intended.

Semantic response – neurological, emotional, cognitive, semantic and behavioural – to the thing-event. So when people with hay fever start to have an attack when they see paper flowers, we call the sneezing, runny nose and their mental interpretation, etc, their semantic response.

When a person with a spider phobia is frightened by a spider, their semantic response is their nervous behaviour, the electricity in their nerves, the chemicals in their blood – everything they do in reacting to the spider!