Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Gerald D. Guthrie
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology
1 online resource (92 p.)
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.
Goldmann, Leslie E., "A critique of Bandler and Grinder's method of mapping representational systems" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2884.