Sometimes we are so close to our problem that we can’t figure out what is at the root of it. We can’t “see the wood through the trees” as it were. We can only see our problem and we are stuck, with no solutions. In order for us to gain perspective, we need to approach the problem differently.
In NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) we have a useful tool based on quantum linguistics. Quantum linguistics is the powerful use of the language and listening skills. We listen to the temporal words and presuppositions people use to assist them toward positive thoughts and actions.
Cartesian logic is an excellent tool to use to loosen the boundaries of someone’s thinking and to help shift their perspective and open up new possibilities for them. It is extremely useful to use when you have a decision to make.
Mathematical cartesian logic is based on geometry:
- A,B = Theorem
- -A,B = Converse
- -A,-B = Non mirror image reverse
- A,-B = Inverse
Ok, scary maths bit over! How do we apply this in the real world?
These four questions can be really useful in helping us shift our perspective, help us make a decision and reveal new possibilities to us.
- What would happen if you did? (Theorem)
- What would happen if you didn’t? (Inverse)
- What wouldn’t happen if you did? (Converse)
- What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t? (Non mirror image reverse)
Yes I know they scramble your brain a bit…and that is the whole point! When we are locked in to our problem, all we can see is the problem. When we change perspective then we can begin to see solutions and possibilities.
Try using the cartesian logic for a decision or problem you have and see what new possibilities and solutions you can come up with – oh and have fun!