Running your thoughts using NLP submodalities

Sunday, December 30th, 2012 : Read 1,852 Times : 318 words (Aprox 2 min read)

Over 40 years ago, the founders of NLP discovered that all of our experience of “reality” is dictated by the pictures, sounds and feelings that run like movies in our mind. Not so much what they are, but how they're stored.

If you take a distressing thought (for example standing on the edge of a cliff representing a fear of heights), just thinking of that thought can cause fear. But it's not the thought itself that generates the fear, it's how it is stored that triggers that feeling.

For instance, take the image of something that scares you in your mind and push it far away from you, so it becomes small. Drain some of the light and color from it. Put a frame around it so it looks like a Polaroid. This will dramatically change the feeling.

Notice the important point that we didn't change the “content” of the thought at all – it's still you standing on the edge of a cliff. We only changed the qualities of how the thought is experienced, the “structure” of the thought.

This is the simplest of what NLP calls submodality techniques.

What Kinds of Submodality Techniques Are There?

There are dozens of submodality techniques, including:

  • Mapping Across: Allows you to change the meaning of any thought, for example to go from liking something to disliking it (like a tempting food)
  • Swish Pattern: Allows you to remove distressing triggers, like bad habits and snap reactions.
  • V/K Dissociation (aka, 5 min Phobia Model): Allows a person to release a phobic response once and for all and generally takes just five minutes.
  • Compulsion Blowout: to eliminate strong compulsions like addictions.
  • And so many more...

Where to Learn NLP

You can learn more about submodalities in my free NLP training called the Free NLP Home Study program at

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