2.5 WORLD-VIEWS AND FILTERS

‘If the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru’ chinks of his cavern’

—William Blake

The basic premise of NLP, building on the early work on semantics by Korzybski, is that people make maps of the world, and these maps are mistaken for reality. In fact these maps are only impoverished models that are influenced by a host of factors specific to the individual’s previous experiences.

‘If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinise it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords ...

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