Modelling Language and How We Use It
Language is one of the defining features of being human. Language is one of our main tools for communicating, thinking, planning, and expressing our thoughts and feelings to ourselves and others.
Effectively using language is much more than the words used. We use language to make sense of the world. Our thinking and feeling is strongly influenced by the linguistic sense we make of our experience. The greater our accuracy in using language the more effective our thinking and feeling will be. The selection of individual words, the relationship between words and thinking and feeling can result in inaccurate understanding, unnecessary problems and conflicts.
We also use language at a deeper level. We also use language to create and manage our core sense of reality. This greatly extends the range of possible meaning that we can experience in life. This benefit comes with great risks. Mistakes and inaccuracies at this level with undermine the effectiveness of communicating, thinking, planning, and expressing our thoughts and feelings to ourselves and others.
We also use language to manage language. This is an additional benefit that also entails great risks. Again mistakes and inaccuracies can greatly undermine our effectiveness in all our language use.
Increasing our understanding and skills in all areas of language can transform our abilities in all areas of life; improving our effectiveness in communicating, increasing our understanding, developing our ability to question relevantly, describe accurately, give instructions usefully and negotiate successfully.
Through the process of Development Behavioural Modelling (DBM®) we can identify in detail how the different applications of language function and through this develop greater understanding and skills to work with language more effectively.