Metaprograms in NLP: Big Chunk or Small Chunk

Observe the room around you. How would you illustrate this room to someone who has not seen it at all? Do you focus on spaciousness, aura, and style? Or do you focus your attention to the number of windows, color of equipment , and all the details? Or is it a mix of both?

The spaciousness, aura and style are instances of big chunk thinking , whereas the details are small chunk. This pattern of thinking can apply to anything. For example, if you have decided to accomplish a specific goal, you can chunk up or chunk down to mini milestones on the way to achievement, this can break down the process to manageable chunks.

Imagine you are in a baking class, you need a full juicy orange for the delicacy you are preparing. Your partner in the class also needs a full juicy orange for the another delicacy, but you are given only one orange per group. Without adaptability in thinking the usual answer would be to accept the reality as it appears and slice the orange into two symmetrical halves, if you choose to chunk up in association to your needs in the situation by asking “What do you need this orange for?” you will explore extensive needs. For instance, you may want the orange for a cake and your partner may want it for a souffle. If may further notice that your partner may need the pulp and you may need only the zest for your cake. It is possible for both of you to have exactly what you want. Chunking up and chunking down is essence of skilled intervention. It puts you in a place of achieving a win/win position.

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