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Article: Meta Questions: "Better Questions - Better Answers"


Article extracted from a workshop & book called:

DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOU - by Dieter LuskeĀ© - Gold Coast

... all following articles, are written as workshop manuscript
... questions were asked to stimulate active participation.

ARTICLE 11 - Meta Questions - Active Self Coaching

Meta is a prefix, which in the way we are using it here, it indicates that there is more to a specific item, thought or concept than it appears to be.

This concept can be used as a tool for change. To stimulate that change, specific questions are asked, which are called Meta-Questions.

These questions are here to confront yourself, your belief system, your values and often your generalisations.

The more questions you will ask, the more Answers / Awareness you will get.

Ask your self .. or if counselling .. ask the client.

  1. DELETIONS are one form of generalisation.
    Ask yourself - about whom or what?
    Example: I don't like him/her! ( you have deleted the reason )
    Ask yourself : What about him don't I like?
    Example: I don't understand!
    Ask yourself I don't understand what?

    Ask yourself - Who or what specifically?
    Example: No one wants me!
    Ask: "who specifically does not want you?
    Example: This is hard!
    Ask. What specifically is hard about that?

    Ask yourself: How specifically?
    Example: He rejected me!
    Ask. How, specifically, did he reject you?
    Example: They ignore me!
    Ask: How, specifically, do they ignore you?

  4. NOMINALISATIONS are nouns which describe an ongoing event, and this has to be changed back into a process word.
    Example: I don't get any recognition!
    Ask: How would you like to be recognised?
    Example: I want help!
    Ask: How do you want to be helped?

  5. UNIVERSAL QUANTIFIERS: refers to the set of words typified by; all - every - always - never - nobody etc.
    Example: I never do anything right!
    Ask. Do I absolutely never, never do anything right.???

  6. LACK OF CHOICE - Typically victim position. Words like: I can't or have to, must, etc.
    Ask yourself: what stops you, or what would happen if you did?

    Example: I can't do it.
    Ask: What stops me?
    Example: I have to finish by Tuesday!
    Ask: What would happen if I didn't?

  7. MIND READING - ( Most common practice if you assume something)
    This refers to the belief that one person can know what another person is thinking or feeling without communication - or without knowing yourself where you got that knowledge from.
    Good for testing belief systems and values etc.
    Ask yourself. How specifically do I know?
    Example.. I know what is best for me!
    Ask: How, specifically do I know what is best for me?
    Where is that knowledge coming from, parents etc.?

  8. JUDGEMENT: laying your trip on somebody else !
    Challenge in asking, For whom?
    Example: This is the right way to do it!
    Ask: This is the right way for whom?

Which brings us to the next subject - Your Belief System ... and what it does to you ...

Article provided by the Editor - Dieter L. Gold Coast

Excerpt from a workshop & book - published 1993 - titled; "Do you believe in You" www.usenature.com - Dieter Luske ©

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