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lli tool - Background

The Logical Levels Model

Th lli tool is based on the Logical Levels model which was developed by Robert Dilts. It's full title is the Neuro-Logical Levels model and it helps us to understand the different levels at which we experience our world. According to this model the different levels are: environment, behaviour, capabilities, values and beliefs, identity and purpose. This model is particularly helpful for understanding change for individuals and  organisations. It provides a useful framework for deciding at what level to work to bring about the required change.

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Gregory Bateson

Greogry taught at the University of California and it was during these classes that the seeds for the logical levels model were planted. Gregory championed a new way of thinking, which is extremely relevant to our time – thinking in terms of relationships, connections, patterns and context. One of the central ideas introduced by Bateson into the behavioural sciences was 'logical levels' and he applied this theory to the process of learning. 

To Robert, a student at the University,  Bateson's identification of different logical types and levels of learning seemed of profound significance. They were to form  the founding theory of the NeuroLogical Levels model.


The Extended Model

The logical levels model has continued to be developed and enriched over the years and has formed the basis of many recent NLP processes and techniques.

The latest version of the model has a word pairing at each level of the model. These word pairings are called the Dimensions and the lli tool identifies an individual’s orientation at each level. For more information on the dimensions please click here.

The model is divided, looking at the left-hand side which is associated with the 'soul' and the right hand side which is associated with the 'ego'. In the context of this model 'ego' relates to survival, self- benefit, ambition and control. The 'soul' in this model relates to awakening, service, contribution and connection. Click here for more information on the 'soul' and the 'ego'.