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 […]

Two Ways To Install A Goal On Your Timeline: Practical NLP Podcast 74

This week’s podcast shows you two ways to install goals into your future, plus (if you’re using this for coaching or facilitating other individuals or groups) when you would use each method. Includes: How to discover your unconscious mind’s typical way of thinking about time How to make the image of your goal as compelling […]

‘Mapping Across’: A Simple NLP Technique To Change Unwanted Responses

‘Mapping Across’ is an example of what computer geeks call a ‘brain hack’ – a simple tweak that you can do to make your mind run more effectively. This time we’re working with visual submodalities. You can use this mapping across process to transition from one internal state to another. For example, you can move from […]

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: ‘Associated’ vs ‘Dissociated’ In Language

One of the most important submodality distinctions in NLP is the difference between ‘associated’ and ‘dissociated’. Each has different emotional and cognitive effects, and are good for different things. When someone is associated into an internal representation (their viewpoint is located within the representation), they will have access to the feelings in that experience. When […]

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 […]

Introduction to Submodalities (+ how they are useful)

One of the great discoveries of NLP, and one of the things that sets it apart from any other kind of changework, is Richard Bandler and John Grinder’s realisation that process is more important than content. To put it another way, the way you think about something is more important than what you’re thinking about. […]

Practical NLP 23: Unpacking The Swish Pattern

Following on from episode 22, which guided you through the NLP Swish pattern, this week we unpack it to see the nuts and bolts that you need to get right to make it work. We also look at how to adapt the Swish for use in informal business and training contexts (thanks to Peter Freeth […]

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 […]