In the Realm of the Senses – Modalities 101

Part of this article is excerpted from the notes of a workshop conducted in Feb, 2008. “VAK” refers to the three primary senses or “modalities” through which we perceive our world. We tend to encode those observations with the same sense that collected the information. Meaning, if we saw something, we tend to remember it […]

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Accessing States

This was taken from an evening workshop in 2007 called, “Choices: What do do When Your Mind Wants to Ask Directions.” States of mind, physiology, of emotion, all of which influence one another, refer to how we “are”, how we “feel”, in a given moment. We often speak of a “resourceful state” or a “less-resourceful […]

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Outcome Specification

Among the most widely recognized (and utilized) NLP techniques is Outcome Specification. Getting clear regarding our goals is one of those things we talk about a lot because the unconscious mind is a very sensitive instrument. Sending it a message that is in even the slightest way mixed can easily sidetrack our stated efforts. Worse, […]

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Decision-making Strategies

This article is drawn from an NLP Practitioner Certification held in 2002. A strategy in NLP is a sequence of steps, a recipe, that when followed, produces a predictable result. This is not necessarily a desirable result. Sometimes the strategy isn’t working for us, meaning we don’t like the result. That’s where modifying the strategy […]

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The Amazing New Behavior Generator

Building upon our ability to associate or dissociate, we can actually create new behaviors, and teach ourselves to use them. What we’re going to do is to choose a behavior we would benefit from developing. For instance, at one point, early in my NLP career, I asked a trainer to install in me a ferocious […]

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Submodalities as weapons of our own destruction

If you already understand modalities and submodalities, then forgive me. In order to offer an amusing example of submodalities used badly, I must make sure that we all agree upon some shared definitions, that we understand these concepts the same way. If you are new to modalities and submodalities, then you are in luck – […]

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Fits or Feats: What is the Unconscious anyway?

People often surprise me, and thank goodness they do. Learning never stops, so the surprises are always coming. Yet there are some things that truly baffle me. There was considerable debate in this country when Milton H. Erickson was positing the unconscious mind as a component of the hypnotic experience. Yet before him, Sigmund Freud, […]

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Presuppositions in NLP

The majority of these are oft-repeated NLP Core Presuppositions, though I’ve added a few based on my own research into human behavior and my working with a wide variety of clients to make significant life changes. But what’s meant by “Presuppositions” in this context? In studying top performers, people who were “successful” according to a […]

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