NLP Six Logical Levels

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) logical levels are a powerful way to think about change by breaking it down as a model into different categories of information. The NLP logical levels (also known as the logical levels of change and the logical levels of thinking) are very useful for assisting with or understanding changefrom an individual, social or organization point of view. They were developed by RobertDilts and are based on the “neurological levels” proposed by anthropologistGregory Batson. As you begin to think about some change you want to make, you can ask yourself some questions that relate to the different levels:

NLP 6 levels


  • Environment refers to the factors that are external opportunities or constraints. Answers the questionswhere?’, ‘when?’, and ‘with whom?’
  • Behaviour is made up of specific actions or reactions within the environment. Answers the question ‘what?’
  • Capabilities are about the knowledge and skills, the ‘how-tos’ that guide and give direction to behaviour. Answer the question ‘how?’
  • Beliefs and values provide the reinforcement – motivation and permission – to support or deny your capabilities. Answer the question ‘why?’
  • Identity factors determine your sense of self. Answer the questionwho?’
  • Vision/Purpose goes beyond self-consciousness to relate to the bigger picture about mission, to ask ‘what for?’ or ‘for whom?’Using the above 6 logical levels, you may start to understand why you or other people behave and do things in a certain way. It can also help you in achieving the changes that you want for yourself.

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