iNLP Center student asks questions about decision-making strategies in NLP

An iNLP student emailed a question to get clarification on NLP decision strategies as depicted in module five on the NLP practitioner training.

Good Morning,

I’m in Module 5 of the nlp practicioner course and learning about decision strategies. I’m reading the below part in the workbook and was hoping you can explain this a bit more…

Typical Problems with Decision Strategies

1. Problems generating options:
a. No visual construct (or Vr, Kc, Ac, etc.)

b. Number of options is too limited:

1. Only one choice.

2. Either/Or (2 unsatisfactory choices).
c. No way to exit: person continues generating options.

Response to Decision-Strategy Question

I hope I can help over email – if not we may need to talk live.

Typical problems with decision strategies – or decision-making in general:

Problems generating options: If I am trying decide what to eat for dinner and no ideas come to mind – I have no food choices, I will get stuck in my decision-making process. So – there needs to be potential choices to consider.

On the other hand, if my options are unlimited – this may also be difficult – such as a menu of food choices containing 100 items. This might be more difficult to make a decision from than a menu containing 10 items.

If I don’t have options that I can see outside myself, then I need to generate options on the inside, which means using my memory or imagination. If my imagination – visual construct – is limited, that will present a challenge. And the same goes for memory.

If only ONE option is presented, then I do not have much of a choice and may get stuck if I can’t generate alternatives.

If I can generate options, then I may have a challenge knowing when to STOP generating options and move forward – being aware of how I feel about each option might be important here.

Let me know if this is helping – and I can say more.

Best wishes,

Mike Bundrant
iNLP Center

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