3 Nov. 2012, Sabtu. Insyaallah akan memberi penerangan mengenai "Meta-State Engineering ™" kepada pelajar Tahun 1 hingga 4, Jabatan Kejuruteraan Awam & Struktur, UKM, Bangi dalam satu slot selama dua jam, 9 am - 11 am. - Dr AK
When he first publicised the Meta-States concept in 1994, Dr. Michael Hall pretty much took the world of NLP by storm. Meta-stating, more than anything before that had gone before, provided a structure for understanding how belief systems built up - either positively or negatively.
In the Meta-States concept, we take in information from our five senses. This produces a 'primary state'. The primary state itself is best understood through the Cognitive Labelling Theory of Stanley Schachter & Jerome Singer (1962). According to this, we can have quite different cognitive interpretations of the same set of physiological symptoms. Eg: the physiological symptoms of acute fear - fast breathing, pumping heart, pounding temples, dry mouth, tight stomach, etc - can be very similar to those in the build-up to intense sexual excitement. What makes the difference is the basic meaning we apply to the raw physiological state - ie: fear or excitement.
Usually we apply meaning to the primary state from a governing frame of reference - eg: "I'm frightened to death of flying insects" or "Women find me incredibly sexy". This creates a first level meta-state - our thoughts and feelings about our initial thoughts and feelings. We then abstract further (usually through that same frame of reference) - effectively interpreting the first level meta-state - to create a second-level meta-state. Now we're thinking and feeling about the thoughts and feelings our initial thoughts and feelings generated! From that second-level meta-state, we tend to abstract further, interpreting those thoughts and feelings to create a third level meta-state. From there we abstract even further, going on and on, to create more and more levels of meta-stating - all further removed from the initial sensory input.
Belief systems can be either healthy or unhealthy - in that they enable people to cope success-fully with life or else inhibit people from leading fulfilling lives. Unhealthy beliefs about self or others create attribution biases.
Michael Hall and a number of other leading NLPers have devised therapeutic strategies for undermining and collapsing unhelpful meta-states and building enabling chains of meta-states.