What is Clean language? Clean language is a coaching and facilitation technique developed by David Grove, a psychotherapist and coach from New Zealand. It is a way of asking questions that allows individuals to explore their own thoughts and experiences without being influenced by the assumptions or biases of the person asking the questions. The approach is based on the idea that people have their own unique perspective and internal representations of the world, and that these can be better understood and clarified by using specific, non-judgmental questions that focus on the individual’s own language and metaphors.
Clean language questions are designed to help people explore their own thoughts and experiences in a way that is free from interpretation or suggestion. For example, instead of asking “What do you think about that?” a clean language practitioner might ask “And what would you like to have happen?” or “What needs to happen for you to feel satisfied?” The questions are simple and open-ended, allowing the individual to explore their own thoughts and experiences in their own language and without being influenced by the coach’s assumptions or biases.
Clean language is commonly used in coaching, therapy, and other forms of personal development work. It is often used in combination with other techniques, such as NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) and mindfulness practices. Clean language can be a powerful tool for helping individuals gain clarity, insights, and deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences.
Shervan K Shahhian