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Glossary – P

Pacing Gaining and maintaining rapport with another person over a period of time by joining them in their model of the world by Matching or Mirroring their external behaviour.
Parts Parts are a portion of the unconscious mind, often having conflicting beliefs and values that are different from the whole of the system.
Parts Integration A technique, which allows us to integrate parts at the unconscious level by assisting each one to traverse logical levels by chunking up and to go beyond the boundaries of each to find a higher level of intention and wholeness.
Pattern Interrupt Changing a person’s state. Can be abrupt. See Break State.
Perceptual Position Describes our point of view in a specific situation: First Position is our own point of view. Second Position is usually someone else’s point of view. Third position is the point of view of a dissociated observer – much like an overview or meta-position.
Personal Edit See Self Edit.

A severe, associated, unwanted response of fear regarding some person or event in the past.
Phonological Ambiguity This occurs when there are two words which sound the same but have different meanings.
Physiology of Excellence Modelling excellence in others and utilising it in yourself and others.
Post-Hypnotic Suggestion A hypnotic suggestion that activates and operates at a time after the induction of trance.
Precision Model Derived by John Grinder from the Meta Model as a series of five pointers to greater understanding.
Predicates A Predicate is any part of a sentence except the subject. In NLP a predicate nearly always refer to Sensory Predicates.
Sensory Predicates Words and phrases (primarily verbs, adverbs and adjectives) that often presuppose one of the Representational Systems.
Spatial Predicates Words and phrases that relate to a place or position.
Temporal Predicates

Words and phrases that relate to time.
Preferred Rep System This is the representational system that someone most often uses to think, and to organise his or her experiences. This is the  representational system that we commonly and most easily employ.
Presuppositions The assumptions that a client makes to support their model of the world. Presuppositions are what are necessarily true for the client’s belief systems to make sense and have meaning to the client.
Primary Rep System This is how we represent our internal processing externally. Most people tend to favour one Representational System over another and process most communication in that manner.
Prime Concern A Highly Valued Criteria of identity that is totally unconscious and is usually negative and/or about what a person is missing.
Presuppositions of NLP Assumptions or convenient beliefs, which are not necessarily “true,” but which if accepted and believed will change our thinking and improve our results.
Projection To attribute one’s ideas or feelings to other people or to another model of the world.
Psychology of Excellence Modelling excellence in others and utilising it in yourself and others.
Punctuation Ambiguity An ambiguity, which is created by changing the punctuation of a sentence by pausing in the wrong place, or by running on two sentences.