Terms and Definitions

Name Description
Abundant Mind

An abundant mind is one whose orientation to life Is that there is enough for everyone.

Accessing Cues

The ways we tune our bodies by breathing, posture, gesture and eye movements to think in certain ways.


The art and skill of translating the inner game into outer manifestation.


Continuously variable between limits, like degrees on a volume knob or dimmer switch. Many sub-modalities vary in an analogue fashion.


Any stimulus that evokes a response. Anchors can change our state.


Seeing, hearing and emotionally feeling from inside an experience. Association is contrasted to dissociation.


Any facet or factor with an attractive force within a system. In neuro-semantics, an attractor is anything that we value or find meaningful.


To do with the sense of hearing.


Autism is a spectrum disorder most prevalent in males, where social skills and abilities are diminished. Autism can range from mild to severe.


The art and skill of inviting one to wake up to new possibilities, visions or values as part of a compelling future.

Baseline State

One's normal and habitual state of mind.


Any activity or thought that one engages in. Behavior is also a Neurological Level.


A generalization we make about ourselves, others and the world, along with the principles we operate by. Beliefs are a Neurological Level.

Body Language

The way we communicate with our body, not including words or sounds. Postures, gestures, facial expressions, appearance, and accessing cues are components of body language.

Brain Plasticity

Brain plasticity says that healthy brain circuitry continues to rewire itself in response to new experience throughout life.

Break State

An intentional movement, sound, command, or distraction to change an emotional state.


To accurately recognize another person's state by reading non-verbal signals, such as breathing, blinking, skin color and tone, heart rate, etc.


Accurately recognizing another person's state by reading non-verbal signals, such as breathing, blinking, skin color and tone, heart rate, etc.


A successful strategy for carrying out a task. A skill. Capabilities are one of the Neurological Levels.


Sequencing a series of behavioral and emotional states.


The art and skill of questioning one's map of reality in order to shed light on aspects of that map that are not working.


Change is the difference between two states separated by time.

Change Embracer

A person who welcomes and seeks change in contrast to someone who dreads or is resistant to change.


To change one's level of perception by asking questions that chunk up or down a level. The Meta Model chunks down by asking more specific questions. The Milton Model chunks up by asking more general questions. Chunking sideways uses "what else" to gather more information at a given level.


A professional modality distinct from consulting, training, counseling or mentoring. A coach facilitates a client's potential in pursuit of the client's own outcomes.


Thoughts, information processing, and the way we represent experience in our minds.

Complex Equivalence

A linguistic distinction wherein someone equates an observation with an unrelated meaning, e.g. "She is late, so she doesn't care."


Alignment of beliefs, values, skills and actions. Being in rapport with oneself or as an organization.


Anything in present moment awareness.


Consciousness is a subjective mental process, whereby a person is able to experience a phenomenon and reflexively understand that he or she is experiencing that phenomenon. Consciousness appears to be seated in the upper brain stem, but also integrates with many other brain centers.


An expert in a particular field or subject matter, giving professional advise in that domain.


The specifics and details of an experience. Answers questions such as what, when, where, who and why. Contrasts with process, structure and context.


The setting, frame or process in which experiences occur, which provides meaning to the experience.

Crossover Matching

Matching another's body language with a different but similar type of movement. E.g. nodding in time with their speaking rhythm.