Changing beliefs in 14 easy steps - Adapted from 'Sleight of Mouth' by Robert Dilts.
1) What is the positive purpose or intention of this statement? 2) What is another word for one of the words used in the statement that means something similar but has more positive implications? 3) What is a positive effect of the statement or the relationship defined by the statement? 4) What smaller elements or chunks are implied by the statement but have a richer or more positive relationship than the implications of the statement? 5) What larger elements or classes are implied by the statement but have a richer or more positive relationship than the implications of the statement? 6) What is some other relationship which is analogous to that defined by the statement, but which has different implications? 7) What is a longer or shorter time frame, a larger number or smaller number of people, or a bigger or smaller perspective that would change the implications of the statement to be something more positive? 8) What other outcome or issue could be more relevant than the one stated or implied by the statement? 9) What is a different model of the world that would provide a very different perspective on this statement? 10) How would one need to perceive the world in order for this statement to be true? 11) What is an example or experience that is an exception to the rule defined by this statement? 12) What is a criterion that is potentially more important than those addressed by the statement that has not yet been addressed? 13) How can you evaluate the statement itself according to the relationship or criteria defined by the statement? 14) What other statement about this statement could change or enrich the perception of this statement?
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