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Linguistic presuppositions can be a very, very powerful weapon.

But as they are almost always used subconsciously, and defensively.

Kind of like we tend to favor injured parts of our body.

For example, if you've got a sore left elbow, you'll tend to keep it close.

It's instinctive and protective.

You don't want it exposed.

Similarly, we have tons of ideas we like.

But we wouldn't really feel comfortable defending them logically.

This is why using the meta model can get you in a lot of trouble, very, very quickly.

The meta model can target with laser like precision the ideas we have in our brains.

Ideas we don't want to discuss out in the open.

The meta model is NOT a party skill.

But linguistic presuppositions CAN be.

But only if used consciously and positively.

For example, consider the one called, "subordinate clause of time."

Suppose you and your spouse were going out to get dinner.

And you would LIKE to go to restaurant X.

But you're kind of afraid that if you make that a conscious choice, they might disagree.

So you'd very much like to slide the idea of going to restaurant X into an otherwise normal conversation.

And you do so by putting the focus on something ELSE in that same sentence.

Say, for example, your spouse or partner wants to see a certain movie.

And seeing that movie is not such big deal for you.

But it's a big deal for them.

So you say:

"Hey, after we have dinner at restaurant X, how about we go see movie Y?"

The having dinner at restaurant X is presupposed.

Assumed be true.

Using the "subordinate clause of time" pattern.

And the focus is on movie Y.

Hopefully, they won't argue against restaurant X.

On the other hand, if you said, "Hey do you want to go to restaurant X, and then go watch movie Y?"

That invites them to change either choice, if they feel like it.

There are plenty of ways to positively use presuppositions.

For example, say your buddy is eyeing a cute girl across the room.

You COULD say:

"Hey, why don't you go talk to her?"

Or you COULD say:

"Hey, IF you go and talk to her, I'll buy you a beer."

Or you could be clever and presuppose it's going to happen.

Look at him, look at her, look at your watch and say:

"Hey, we need to get there before happy hour ends. AFTER you go talk to her, I'll buy the first round. Let's get going."

Not only are there plenty of presuppositions (about twenty) but there are TONS of way to PRESUPPOSE good things about other people.

Most people give blatant compliments.

But when you presuppose compliments, and hide them inside sentences, they'll leave their mind spinning.

And when you use them as a "hit and run" technique, they'll have a positive feeling in their brain.

And they'll wonder who YOU are.

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