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I like to find instances wherein the NLP Presuppositions come in to play in Real Life.

Recently, there was a patient in the Emergency Department who was there for psychiatric issues. I’d seen him there a lot; he is what we often call a “frequent flyer”. I noticed a raw spot on his skin and asked him what had happened. “A dog bit me”, he said.

I wondered if the dog was rabid or otherwise sick… could the bite do him harm? So I asked, “Is the dog all right?”

The patient and the rest of the staff in the room started chuckling, and he looked at me kind of sideways, like I’d made a joke. “I don’t care about the fucking dog!”

I realized what they thought I’d done, and I had to laugh too.

Written by Michael DeBusk

December 6th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

Posted in Articles,Linguistic

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