Master NLP Sub-modalities
The brain uses submodalities as a medium to represent feelings.
Our experience of the world is acquired through the data gathered by our five senses (sight, sound, taste, smell and touch) and the interpretations of the data by our brains. However, that is not all there is to it. Our interpretations of the data are also affected by submodalities.
What are NLP submodalities?
NLP submodalities simply are the manner in which we internally re-present the data gathered by our senses. When the manner of re-presenting the data is different, the experience of it is also changed. So ultimately, the experience you have of something is not so much due to what you see, hear or feel, but rather how you re-present it internally, or in other words what your submodalities of those experiences are.
You can change the feelings and level of intensity of an experience by altering the submodalities you associate to it. Whether you feel happy, sad, excited or bored about an experience is because it is affected by the submodalities you associate to that experience.
Think of NLP submodalities as blueprints or codes of your experience. We have different submodalities for different feelings. When you run a certain submodalities, you will feel a particular experience. When you run this submodality you will feel happy. When you run another, you’ll feel sentimental and so on.
Ok great, how do I know what my submodalities are like?
As mentioned earlier, submodalities are the way we re-present data gathered. This means how we re-present something that we have seen, heard, feel and smell internally in our minds.
Example of the different submodalities of re-presenting what we see (visual) internally is the brightness of image, the size, color, movement etc. So if we visually replay an incident in our minds and make it very bright, colorful & large as compared against the real experience, it may make the experience more intense or less intense or totally change the feelings. It all depends on a person’s individual submodalities blueprint.
For auditory (sound) submodalities, it will be made up things like what the tone, volume, pitches or the sound is represented internally. Whereas kinesthetic submodalities are like the type of sensation felt (warm, cold etc.), movement of the sensation and at which part of the body is it felt.
How do I use NLP submodalities?
NLP submodalities can be used to change how you feel about a past incident, an anticipated future incident or even your current state. Here is how to do it:
1. First of all we discover your submodalities blueprint – visual, auditory and kinesthetic – for the desired response that you want (e.g. happy, excited, neutral, calm, passionate etc.).
Find out what submodalities you run internally whenever you feel happy, excited, creative, focused etc. Each of us has a unique submodalities blueprint for different feelings.
To find out what your blueprint is, do the following. Think of a past experience when you were happy, Re-live that experience and replay that memory in your head. As you do that and as you feel happy, note down the submodalities (visually, auditory and kinesthetically) associated to that happy memory. Do that by going through the list of submodalities questions below and recording the attributes for as many as possible.
So for example you may find out that when you re-run that memory, the image is large, bright, and colorful and you felt a fuzzy feeling near your heart.
It practice can be done by yourself, however it is easier to get someone help you. That way, you can fully concentrate on re-living your experience and picking up the submodalities attributes while your partner can ask you the questions from the list and record down your blueprint.
2. Next, after recording down the blueprint of the submodalities, internally re-run any experience but this time when re-presenting the incident in your head, deliberately change it to the submodalities attributes identified earlier.
So using the earlier example, start replaying the memory as usual then deliberately make the image of the memory bright, large and colorful. You will find that happy feelings with arise as you do that. Change the visual, sounds and feelings (kinesthetic) to align it to the submodalities blueprint that you identified.
When you change the submodalities of an experience to align it with the submodalities blueprint of a particular feeling, you will give the experience that feeling.
List of submodalities
Here is a list of NLP submodalities. When finding out your blueprint, use this list as a guide.
Color: Is it in color or black & white? Are the colors vivid or washed out? Is it full color spectrum?
Brightness: Is it brighter or darker than normal? What is the degree of brightness?
Contrast: Is it high contrast or low contrast?
Focus: Is the image sharp or fuzzy?
Texture: Is the texture of the image smooth or rough?
Detail: Are there foreground and background details? Do you see the details as part of a whole or do you have to shift focus to see them?
Size: How big is the image? (Specific size)
Distance: How far is the image? (Specific)
Shape: What is the shape or the picture? Square, round, rectangular?
Border: Is there a border to the image? Does the border have a color? How thick is it?
Location: Where is the image located in space?
Movement: Is it a movie or still picture? How fast is the movement, faster or slower than normal? Is the image stable? What direction does the image move to?
Association/Disassociation: Do you see yourself or do you see the event as if you were there?
Perspective: From what perspective do you see it? (For disassociated) do you see yourself from front, back, left or right?
Proportion: Are the sizes of the things in the image in proportion to one another? Are there larger or smaller than life?
Dimension: Is the image 3D or flat?
Singular/Plural: Do you see one image or more than one? Do you see them together or one after the other?
Location: Where does the sound originate? Do you hear it from inside or outside?
Pitch: High or low pitched? Higher or lower than normal?
Tonality: What is the tonality?
Melody: Is it monotone or melodic?
Volume: How loud is it?
Tempo: Fast or slow?
Rhythm: Does it have a beat?
Mono/Stereo: Do you hear it on one side or both sides?
Intensity: How strong is the sensation?
Quality: How would you describe it? Tingling, warm, cold, relaxed, tense?
Location: Where do you feel it in your body?
Movement: Is there movement in the sensation? Is the movement continuous or does it come in waves?
Direction: Where does the sensation start? Where does it move it? How (in what direction) does it move?
Speed: Is it a slow progression or does it move in a rush?
A way to mitigate this problem and to have a greater impact is to combine NLP submodalities with NLP anchoring techniques. First use submodalities to bring yourself to a peak state then anchor that state. Submodalities and anchoring are complement each other and is very powerful when used together.NLP submodalities are a very powerful technique. Just by changing the submodalities, you can change the feelings and intensity of any situation. However on the down side, you need to deliberately run your blueprint in your mind. This may not be ideal in certain situations especially when there is the presence of other people around you.
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