6 Simple Ways to Analyze Someone’s Thinking Using NLP


Always wanted to learn a simple system to analyze how someone is thinking? You probably did. One of the most popular articles on our blog is:

How to Know How Someone is Thinking Using NLP

But are there are other quick ways to analyze someone’s thinking? Yes, of course, there are, the most important thing is that you look for patterns.

1 NLP Timelines

Pay attention if someone is talking (predominantly) about something in the past, present, or future. And if so, how far out into the past or the future. Remember, we become what we think about. We can either be experts of our past, our present, or our future. What do you rehearse the most to gain mastery at?

2 What Emotions are accessed?

Emotions are addictive; they are habitual. Can you name the emotion or emotions the other person experiences the most?

As we can experience a whole range of emotions you could classify in “families of “ometions:
1. Anger
2. Sadness
3. Surprise
4. Disgust
5. Shame
6. Happy

1. Positive
2. Negative
3. Resourceful
4. Unresourceful

3 What is the perceptual position of NLP?

People are fairly consistent from what perception they speak, and with that think.

First perceptual position: self. Is someone associated into their own emotions and needs?

Second perceptual position: other. Is someone associated into someone else?

Third perceptual position: observer. No emotion.

Fourth perceptual position: group. Collective need or sentiment.

Fifth perceptual position: source or god view. The greater good, purpose and meaning, love and peace.

4 What roles are assigned?

Though not traditional NLP, but something to look out for is transactional analysis. What roles does someone assign to themselves and others?

1. Victim
2. Villain
3. Hero.

Or where it comes to business:
1. Passenger.
2. Player.
3. Prisoner.

5 Motivation Strategy

Toward motivated: motivated by what someone can achieve or attain.

Away motivation: motivated by what they do not want.

Or a combination.

6 What senses is someone using?

Visual, pay attention to visual words like focus, zoom in, colorful, clear and see

Auditory, pay attention to auditory words like resonate, loud, harmony, talk, or silence.

Kinesthetic, pay attention to words that indicate feelings but also words lie rough, heavy, cold,