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NLP Top Ten Neurolinguistic Programming Tools (Techniques 1 Through 5)

Apr 17, 2008
The article and its sister article describe some of our favorite techniques in neuro linguistic programming (nlp). We teach these in New York. The second part of this article will discuss techniques 6 through 10, the first 5 are discussed here.

The techniques should only be used by properly qualified persons. People with medical conditions should seek qualified medical assistance.

➢Nlp technique 1: six step reframe

The NLP 6 step reframe is a technique for discovering the higher intention of an behavior. For example a client may overeat and may wish to use nlp for weight control. By using the 6 step reframe she may discover that her eating habits arise from her unconscious wish to feel comforted and cared for. By identifying other ways to satisfy this intention, she can redirect this positive intention into a behavior which is more ecological for her, for example to spend more time with friends and family.

➢Nlp technique 2: Swish

The NLP swish pattern is a technique for anchoring an image of how we want to be, onto a situation that normally causes us to act in an unresourceful fashion. Let's continue the example relating to over eating. Suppose the client says that hse over eats mostly at home, browsing on foods in the fridge. Using the swish pattern we might ask her to form a picture of herself as she would be when she has moved beyond her weight control issue. Perhaps she sees an image of herself as powerful and in control. We would then ask her to see exactly what she sees as she reaches for the fridge door (i.e. an associated picture of her hand reaching for the handle to the fridge), and as she sees this "swish" the image of herself as she wants to be into her view, overlaying the old picture of her hand.

➢NLP technique 3: Self Anchor for Resourceful State

Anchoring is a basic technique of neurolinguistic programming, where a resourceful state is attached to a certain touch (such as squeezing thumb and middle finger together for example) or picture or sound/word. Teaching this technique to a weight-loss client, and teaching them to pick their own resourceful state and their own anchor, gives them control. As they practice the anchor they will begin tor realize now how easy it is to control your own state, and will begin to make more resourceful choices in their life.

➢NLP Technique 4: Visual Squash

The nlp visual squash is a technique to deal with competing parts, as in "part of me wants to do this, but part of me wants to do that". In NLP terms this is a result of what is called "exclusive or's" i.e. I can either be this or that (but not both). By using the visual squash technique we reconcile the intentions of each the parts (ie what they actually want for us) into a larger "part" that incorporates the intentions of both parts.

➢NLP Technique 5: Reimprinting

Using the neurolinguistic programming technique of reimprinting we take our client on a journey back to an earlier time, possibly childhood. By imagining a childhood scene we can choose resources that, had they been available to members of the family at the time, would have changed the experience. By changing the childhood experience, we can feel more resourceful and powerful now.
About the Author
Shawn Carson is director of the International Center for Positive Change and Hypnosis in NY, offering Neuro linguistic programming NLP training in New York, NLP practitioner and master practitioner training, hypnosis, personal change, lose weight, stop smoking, goals, overcome procrastination. Business coaching, personal coaching.
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