There’s a pretty interesting procedure in NLP called “Integration of Parts.”
Basically it’s a hallucination where you create a “dialogue” between two “parts.”
Like if “part of you” wants to get out and meet people, but another “part of you” wants to stay home and watch TV.
You bring them both out, and literally talk to them (and hear their responses) as if you were having a negotiation between two physical entities.
The idea is to keep “going up the logical level” of each of their “desires” (going out and staying in) until they both realize they want the same thing.
Then you can work on coming up with a better strategy to get that need met, rather than having inner conflict.
The reason it works is if you take any “criteria” for why we want to do something, and you’ll end up with a hard to describe “feeling” that can be equated pretty easily with any other hard to describe “feeling.”
Like you buy a car because you want to get to point A to point B. But you buy a certain car for certain reasons (safety, looking cool, feeling good, etc).
Good salespeople know to respectfully find these “higher order criteria” so that they more easily fulfill them.
If you want car that has a 350 cc engine and gets 22 MPG, that’s going to be harder to satisfy than a car that makes you “feel safe.”
When talking to people for personal reasons (e.g. not selling them anything). The same strategies apply.
You don’t exactly walk up to a stranger and ask them what they’re looking for in a new acquaintance.
But knowing those criteria are ALWAYS there will help a lot.
Whenever people are meeting each other socially, we all have pretty much the same criteria.
We want our ideas to be heard and respected. We want our wants, needs, and fears validated.
We don’t want to be told our ideas are silly or foolish.
We’d all rather talk about things we want, rather than we don’t want.
Looking at social interactions as negotiations is a bit strange.
But if you keep it on the down low, and always give them something before you expect something back, you’ll have a lot more success.
AND you’ll find that talking to people is a lot easier, when you’re using the “give first” mindset.
You’ll be remembered more, and you’ll be thought of in a much better light.
Doesn’t matter if you’re making friends, looking for lovers, finding new business contacts, or just passing the time.
See every conversation as some kind of “exchange,” and give before you get.
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