NLP Glossary U-W


That of which you are not conscious, or which is out of awareness.

Unconscious Mind:

The part of your mind that you are not conscious of … right now.

Universal Quantifiers:

Words that are universal generalizations and have no referential index. Includes words such as “all”, “every”, and “never”

Unspecified Verb:

Unspecified Verb in NLP is part of the conscious use of language. Unspecified verbs are verbs (the doing part) in a sentence that don’t fully describe the action taking place. They don’t give enough information to let you know what is going on for them. People usually fill in the gap with their own experience.  This is an unusual and purposefully confusing language pattern, more often used for indirect hypnosis, that can cause a trance. It features an adjective or adverb where the verb they are supposed to modify is not specified. Example: “And you can”


A state where the attention is focused on the outside (as opposed to Downtime where attention is focused inward).


High-level generalizations that describe that which is important to you – in NLP sometimes called criteria. (See Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality, 1988.)

Vestibular System:

Having to do with the sense of balance.


Having to do with the sense of sight.

Visual Squash:

(Now called Parts Integration.) An NLP technique which allows us to integrate parts at the unconscious level by assisting each one to traverse logical levels (by chunking up) and to go beyond the boundaries of each to find a higher level of wholeness.

Well Formedness Conditions:

Along with the Keys to an Achievable Outcome, the Well Formedness Conditions allow us to specify outcomes that are more achievable, because the language conforms to certain rules.