Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Gerald D. Guthrie
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology
1 online resource (3, 83 pages)
People perceive the world in their own terms: our use of language reflects our perceptions. The way in which we perceive the world and the words we use to reflect that perception Grinder and Bandler (1976) call a "representational system." The authors isolate three types of representational systems, visual, kinesthetic, and auditory, and they present a technique for mapping these systems. These authors state that a sensory preference profile can be mapped accurately and reliably via an individual's use of language. For example, words such as "clear," "see" and expressions of the kind "I get a picture" would connote a visual modality. Words such as "feel," "hard" and expressions of the kind "I can't grasp it" would connote a kinesthetic modality. An individual's profile is the frequency of words used in each sensory modality.
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Goldmann, Leslie E., "A Critique of Bandler and Grinder's Method of Mapping Representational Systems" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2884.