Sensory Language Adds Clarity
Why does sensory language have a comfortable familiarity about it? Partly because we hear it sprinkled throughout daily conversation, and also because it's recognized by us on more levels than just the conscious and logical.
Language that speaks to the senses is sometimes a subtle form of metaphor;
How We Take Sensory Language On Board
The world we know is the one we have come to know through our senses. We gather information endlessly and process it into usable bits. We process this information largely via the:
If you are familiar with Neuro Linguistic Processing (NLP), you will recognize these 4 methods as the primary Representational Systems. What all that means is just that we primarily build our understanding of information through:
So, if we gather information and understand it predominantly through these 4 methods, it makes sense that if we want to clearly make our point and be more fully understood, we will use language that speaks to these modes of understanding in others. And this is exactly what sensory language does!
Enjoy the examples of sensory language below, and have fun making up your own. If you would like to share your examples of sensory language, I'll add them to the lists.
Visual Information Processing
People who are learning predominantly visually will appreciate seeing pictures and actions accompanying a presentation of new information. They are very interested in how things look. They respond well to sensory language that encourages them to create pictures in their mind... words like "see, look, clarity, view, vision and picture".
Auditory Information Processing
When a person is processing information primarily through the auditory system, they are keen to learn by listening. Vocal tone and vocal quality will be very important with these people. Sensory language that works well to transmit meaning in this mode of learning includes "speaking, talk, listen, sound, harmony, and wavelength."
Kinesthetic Information Processing
When processing via the kinesthetic mode, people learn by 'getting a feel' for something. This feeling can be an inner or emotional feeling that is experienced, or it might be physically acquired by actively participating. This is the group most likely to appreciate exercises that involve them in practicing a new skill. Sensory language that is effective with these audience members include "feel, sense, hold, touch, grasp, and solid."
Auditory Digital Information Processing
Auditory digital processing focuses on 'things that make sense'. Facts, figures and logic resonate with this group. People in the auditory digital category are often busy thinking, and experience an internal dialogue in their mind. Steps, procedures, and sequences work well for these who appreciate greater aspects of mental organization. Words that are effective with these people include "sense, thought, understand, think, steps, and decide."
Auditory Digital Examples
Our Preferred Processing System
Each of us has a preferred system (ie. visual, auditory, kinesthetic, auditory digital) that we use more than the others. Yet, we may subconsciously change which system we are placing the most emphasis on, depending on the circumstance. Because of what’s going on in our lives, what task is at hand to learn, or the specific context or setting we are in, we will automatically begin to filter information more through one system than another. One system is not any better or worse than any other, they all serve us well.
It's thought that in any group of people:
Knowing that everyone has their preferred sensory processing mode, listen to find out what your friends, family, and co-workers' might be. Then use sensory language tailored to that when you are:
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