The following 'Generative NLP' process was first developed by Robert Dilts (GTC, London, 1998). Further refinements were added by he and Robert McDonald for the Group Mind, Team Spirit seminar. The purpose of this process is to share and enhance the experience of resourceful states by exploring them from different perceptual positions. The process produces the experience of fourth position through the co-creation of "a felt sense of sameness" between people that is explicitly derived from being in the other three perceptual positions. The process incorporates principles of spatial sorting, psychogeography and Somatic Syntax.
To be done initially in pairs.
Another variation of this process in a group (say of seven) would be for each person in the group to make his or her own resource movement, one at a time. While that person is making the movement, the rest of the group goes to "second position" taking on the movement themselves. When all group members have demonstrated their movements, the group members begin to first individually make their movements, incrementally changing them and blending them into a "group resource" movement.
This process demonstrates the generative aspects of perceptual positions (and in particular fourth position), preserving Bateson's notion of characterological adjectives and the creation of a "larger mind" as a function of the interactions between two or more others. Bateson provides the example of the dog and gibbon at play who create activities that are neither exclusively "dog" behaviors or "gibbon" behaviors, but "gibbon-dog" behaviors. The fourth "dog-gibbon" position emerges naturally out of their interaction. Thus, such a fourth position is, in Bateson's terms, "immanent" in the interaction between the dog and gibbon, rather than being some sort of "transcendent" awareness.
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