We Are Terrible At Thinking About The Future. This Is A Bad Thing, But Here’s How To Get Better

A recent article by Jane McGonigal of the Institute for the Future in Slate magazine points out that the further out in the future you try to imagine your own life, the more that future self feels like a stranger – someone you don’t know and consequently don’t care about. This effect harms both ourselves […]

Emotional Intelligence And NLP: How They Are Related

Many people still think that emotions just get in the way of rational decision-making, and that they have no value in the modern workplace. It’s true that if someone isn’t managing their emotions, and they’re erupting with anger all the time they are at work, that could be disruptive to work with. At the same time, […]

Five Ways To Relax Instantly Anywhere

Sometimes you need to relax when you’re out and about and it’s not convenient to take twenty minutes to lie down and relax totally: maybe on your way to a crucial appointment, in an interview, giving a presentation, or any other situation normally regarded as highly stressful. Here are five ways to relax that my […]

NLP Techniques: The Swish Pattern

If you have read my previous articles about submodalities and how to use submodalities to increase your personal effectiveness, it’s time to try out another of the most widely known NLP applications – the ‘Swish pattern’. It’s called the Swish pattern because… well, you’ll find out why in a moment. The Swish is great for defusing the […]

NLP: Submodalities and Your Personal Effectiveness

The previous article introduced submodalities, one of the most powerful concepts in NLP, and contained a little thought experiment using visual submodalities which I hope you tried out and got the benefit from. The logical next step would be to write an article about auditory (hearing) submodalities, and how they can help you to, for […]

Practical NLP 22: The Swish Pattern

Now that we’re getting familiar with submodalities (you may want to listen to the podcasts about visual submodalities, dealing with the ‘inner critic’, and ‘mapping across‘ if you haven’t already), here’s a powerful changework intervention that uses them – the Swish Pattern. The Swish is great for defusing the environmental triggers for unwanted emotional responses or […]

Practical NLP 21: Mapping Across Submodalities

This week, ‘Mapping Across’, a simple NLP submodality technique that will help if you like a particular food too much and want to be able to leave it alone – or, more generally, if you want to move from a particular state to something more resourceful (e.g. confusion to confidence that you will understand). I […]

Practical NLP Podcast 20: Dealing With The Inner Critic

This week’s podcast looks at, or rather listens to, ‘auditory submodalities’, and shows you a powerful and easy way to apply them to defuse an inner critical voice (also known as the ‘chatterbox’, ‘Self 1’, or ‘the monkey mind’, depending on which school of coaching you went to or which self-help books you’ve read). Featuring […]

Practical NLP Podcast 19: How to enhance a pleasant memory with visual submodalities

With this week’s episode of the Practical NLP podcast, we start looking at changework interventions, beginning with ‘visual submodalities’. The podcast covers: when you should, and when you shouldn’t, do changework what submodalities are how to make a good memory even better (and by extension, how to reduce the impact of a bad memory) It […]