The Milton Model is all about using words in an 'artfully vague' way. A nominalisation is a word formed from a process. For example the verb 'to restrict' can be nominalised into the noun 'restriction'. The word restriction is then treated as if it is a 'thing' and the fact that it refers to a ongoing process is forgotten. By using the nominalisation the thing is treated as if it is over and done with, when in fact the process may still be going on. Nouns ending in '-ship', '-ment', '-ion' or '-ings' are often nominalisations, for example 'relationship', 'annulment', 'learnings', 'decision'. By treating the word as a noun, the fact that you are asking the person to go through a process is hidden.
- We omit saying who and saying how. The listener‘s unconscious is free to add the missing parts.
- You may notice a new confidence developing.
- Certain changes are occurring.
- You can imagine what qualities you might bring to this problem.
- New learnings (teachings /understandings /ideas) can occur.
- 'Your relaxation is increasing as you listen to my voice '.
- 'By moving your finger you confirm your irrevocable decision. '
- '...you may wonder which part of your achievement you will enjoy most'.
- “...new insights, and new understandings.” - Meta Model Antidote: "How is it specifically that you come to see or understand?"