Friday, April 20, 2007

NLP: NLP is about Thinking Part 10 - What is Thinking


This is Section 3 of the article series, NLP is about Thinking. This section only composes of 1 article. If NLP is about Thinking, then what is Thinking?

Thinking is the mental activities which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with the world effectively according to their own goals, plans, ends and desires. Thinking is manipulating information, as when we form concepts, engage in problem solving, reason and make decisions. A thought may be an idea, an image, a sound or even an emotional feeling that arises from the brain. (The about description is from Wikipedia)

NLP is about Modeling the World while Thinking is also about the same thing. NLP is about how we mentally Handle Information while Thinking is also about the same thing.

One of the objective of learning NLP is to enhance our quality of thinking. There are lots of qualities of thinking and here are some for us to consider:

1. Accuracy (準確): Accuracy is the degree of conformity of a measured or calculated quantity to its actual value. That is, if you think that something is a dog, and it is actually a dog, then the thinking is of high accuracy.

2. Precision (精確): Precision is repeatability, the degree to which further measurements or calculations will show the same or similar results. For example, a clock always hit 12 o'clock the same time everyday, then the clock is precise but it can be inaccurate because when it hit 12, it is actually 11. If we always think something is the same thing, then we have a precise thinking. (But it can be inaccurate!)

3. Logical (邏輯): If you have reasons which can show your conclusion is true and the reasons are true themselves, then you have a logical thinking.

4. Effectiveness (效益): Effectiveness is the capability to produce an Effect you want. An ordinary way of describing Effectiveness can be thinking the right thing and doing the right thing.

5. Efficiency (效率): Efficiency is the extent to which resources are used for the intended purpose. If you use more than needed, you are not efficient. If you think or consider more than needed to achieve the purpose, your thinking is of low Efficiency.

6. Speed (速度): Speed is the amount of time used for thinking.

7. Efficacy (功效): Efficacy is the ability to produce a desired amount of a desired effect. That is, you don't over or under do or think something.

8. Realness (真實): Realness is whether something you think is currently or had been existing. Some real must be actual things which have objective existence. There is no degree of realness. It is either real or not real!

Our Filters affect all of the above qualities! Enhancing thinking quality is enhancing quality of our Filters! The number and realness of our filters governs these 8 qualities. We need less and real filters to be an accurate, precise, logical, effective, efficient, fast, efficacious and real thinker!

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