Meta programs may differ across contexts, and in organisations they can help to explain preferences for job types and provide insights as to why some people are able to excel at particular tasks that others struggle with. These systematic and habitual patterns are called meta programs because they program our behaviour at a level of influence that is over and above (meta) everything else.
Meta Programs are patterns of behaviour, not types of people. They are systematic and habitual, and we do not usually question them if they serve us well. You will notice other peoples Meta Programs both through their language and behaviour. Because Meta Programs filter experience, and we pass on our experience through language, certain patterns of language are typical of certain metaprograms.
New Oceans research has discovered there are some sixty meta programs that we unconsciously use to filter our perception. The New Oceans Personality Profiling Process has reduced this large set to a set of fundamental Meta Programs that can predict how some one will behave in a given context.
Some of the Key Meta Programs
This preference indicates the sensory system a person prefers to gather information about the world.
This preference indicates where people direct their energy and attention, where they get energy, and where they do their primary processing.
This preference indicates the ways of perceiving - noticing, paying attention, taking in information.
This preference indicates the ways of judging - prioritising the information, organising it, putting it into categories, and arriving at decisions.
This preference indicates how people prefer to arrange their external lives.
This preference indicates motivation style: Does the person take the initiative or wait for others?
This preference indicates the direction of a person's motivational energy - is it centred on goals or problems?
FRAME OF REFERENCE
This preference indicates how a person makes judgements - from external sources or by using their own internal standards?
This preference indicates how a person deals with instructions or getting something done - does the person continually look for alternatives or prefer to follow established procedures?
This preference indicates how a person works with and compares data when faced with new information and how a person reacts to change.
This preference indicates the size of the "chunk" of information that a person prefers when thinking, communicating, learning, etc. How large a picture is the person able to work with?
This preference indicates to how a person processes and handles the experience of working with other people. What kind of human environment allows the person to work best in a task-oriented situation?
This preference indicates how a person orient themselves. Does the person concentrate more things, systems, people or information.
This preference indicates how people experience time
This preference indicates where in time people focus
This preference indicates how a person gets convinced about something - and what type of information does a person need to start the process of getting convinced about something?
What has to happen to the information or evidence previously gathered to make a person become convinced of something?
Acknowledgements: Meta Programs have been developed by a number of key individuals from the NLP community. First discovered by Leslie Cameron Bandler and further developed by Roger Bailey, Ross Stewart, and Wyatt Woodsmall.
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