A while back I wrote a blog post based around a quote on someone’s Twitter bio, which simply quoted, “The meaning of your communication is the response you get, regardless of your intent”.
Apparently this is one of the Presuppositions in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Another NLP presupposition is that ‘at some level, all behaviour is positively intended’. People generally make the best choices available to them given the possibilities and capabilities that they perceive to be accessible within their model of the world.
Reality is simply our perception, and we experience the world and respond to things that go on around us through our sensory representational systems. Accordingly, we can not know reality itself. It is not reality that limits us or empowers us, but rather it is our map of reality that does this. It is our mental construction of reality.
The map is not the territory itself, it is a representation of the territory.
In this episode I cover:
- Why intent and meaning are completely different things
- Why we can’t presume to own the meaning of our own words, art, or communication
- Why if we want to genuinely connect with art we should search deeper than the artists’ intent