What is the “Even though…” language pattern reframe?

It’s a language pattern I frequently use when I’m in the we voice. I also use it when helping others.

The structure is: “Even though I [negative thought, image, or feeling], I [positive thought, feeling or image].

Equally useful is to substitute ‘we’ for ‘I.’

This is an extremely effective language pattern. It is also really simple and easy to use.

The first phrase paces the underlying or presenting ‘problem’ issue, and the second phrase links or leads to a positive thought and feeling.

In NLP, it is the structure of a basic reframe.

In recent years it has also become the foundational language pattern for EFT (Emotional Freedom Training).

It is a simple language pattern, which you and I can use to help ourselves and others. It is one of the most effective language patterns I know for voluntary, conscious, self-directed personal change.


Why this ‘Pragmatic Practitioner’ blog?

‘Pragmatic’ because the focus for this live human being is on what works.  ‘Practitioner’ because it is a good word to capture the very wide range of ideas, techniques, practices, and values that I have used to reduce suffering and increase happiness for self and others.  And, very importantly, because as a ‘practitioner,’ I’m not identifying with any one school, technique, religion, tradition, or group of practices.

All practices and techniques can be understood as voluntary, self-directed efforts at personal change.  All have been learned from someone else, and along the way I’ve added a few twists which perhaps you may find helpful.

I’ve recovered from addiction through a twelfth step program, studied and practiced NLP, and in recent years pursued a wide variety of meditative practices including mindfulness, vipassana, and concentration.

I try the techniques, assess the effects in my own inner experience and outer behavior, and then draw my own maps.  This blog documents the results of this work.