To avoid our brains being overloaded, we ‘filter’ the information that comes into us, ignoring some inputs and highlighting others, to create a model of reality in our minds. This is our ‘map’, and – here’s where this NLP presupposition is most powerful – ours alone. Other people will have created different ‘maps’ (models of reality) in their heads. We are wise to respect this, rather than automatically assume that our ‘map’ is better.
Thinking this way can free us from much argument and conflict, while also developing the strength and flexibility of our minds. It can be important to recognise that what we know is only a very small amount of the possible, and to cultivate the ability to step out of our ‘map’ and suspend our normal ways of thinking and even sensing. We can model aspects of ‘maps’ used by clearly effective people we wish to emulate. We can check our ‘map’ against reality rather than just ignoring inconvenient truths.