NLP Modalities include visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory, and auditory digital distinctions. Submodalities are the finer distinctions to the modalities or the tuning nobs like hot or cold, bright or dim, moving or still, etc. They are how we give meaning to and structure our experiences.
For example: Some things you believe. Some things you do not believe. The beliefs and disbeliefs are coded in different submodalities in your mind. You create meaning around your beliefs by using the submodalities. For example, I like ice cream, and I don’t like frozen yogurt are two different beliefs that one unconsciously codes and therefore exists in different places in one’s mind.
You can change your submodalities in order to change your experiences. For example, the more you focus on the submodalities of what it is you WANT, like does the idea of your new goal feel Cold or hot? Bright or dim? Loud or soft?, the more likely you will experience rapid change.
The more specifically we fine-tune and encode our goals, the more clearly and creatively we can design our futures!!
Submodalities can be Applied by using:
1) Swish Patterns– replacing one Internal Represenation or picture on your mental movie screen with another. This directionalizes the series of Internal Represenations so that the Desired State is more common.
2) Dissociative Techniques-shifting viewpoint and viewing a specific Internal Representation from a dissociated position. This is used to “take the charge off” a negative emotion as could be done with a phobia.
3) Perceptual Positions-shifting viewpoint and viewing a specific Internal Representation from one of three different positions. First position is looking through your own eyes, second position is looking through another person’s eyes (usually a significant per son in the event). Third Position is observing the entire scene from a dissociated position (say above the entire event). This helps to incorporate learnings.
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