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Volume 2 - No. 2 - 2003


For more than 40 years I have been speaking prose

without knowing it - Molire's Bourgeois Gentilhomme



Language - the Two-Edged Sword

This is the first part of a series being produced by a collaboration between the Nurturing Potential editorial board members.

The entry under "Language" in Joe Sinclair's and Stephen Bray's An ABC of NLP quoted Bandler and Grinder (Frogs into Princes): "There's an illusion that people understand each other when they repeat the same words.  But since those words internally access different experience - which they must - then there's always going to be a difference in meaning." 

We need to recognise the difference between the world that comes to us through words and the world that we experience directly through our senses.  As Alfred Korzybski put it in his (now somewhat clichd) phrase: The Map is not the Territory.