MonthMarch 2010

Creating NLP Anchors – Part 2

Stacking Anchors

The effect of anchors can be increased by using multiple anchors in conjunction with one another. The subject is asked to recount several good experiences in his past and to formulate a separate anchor for each one.

Subsequently, when the feared occurrence is brought to mind the therapist uses each anchor rapidly, one after the other. This blitzes the client with positive messages whilst he thinks about the thing he is scared of.

THE VOICE! – Okay, no need to shout

Ideas and suggestions can be anchored verbally in a number of ways. The important thing is that the anchoring is approached methodically and subtly disguised within the sentence structure. Having said that, the tone of voice used is important. Letting the voice tone go down towards the end of a sentence adds emphasis, and sometimes indicates an order.

With the voice rising this implies a question? (Apart from in the case of teenage girls? And English people who have visited Australia? Who talk like this all the time? Like they are asking you a question when really they’re making a statement? God knows why they make themselves sound so idiotic though?). Anyway, the NLP practitioner can put slight emphasis on word to ingrain it as an anchor. The subject will notice some words as slightly more emphatic than others.

If one wishes to put an idea into the subject’s mind covertly then keywords can be used. For instance, a salesman might sprinkle the keywords into a conversation but over a time span that will make them unnoticeable. A touch can also be used in conjunction with a keyword.
Gesture Tagging

A speaker can use gestures in conjunction with sentiments expressed in a sentence, or with the keywords described above. For example, a person in an interview could recount all of their good points and past achievements whilst gesturing with their right hand; then when discussing how they would handle the new role, they could use the same gestures to emphasise how successful they would be. The interviewer would have correlated the two scenarios in his subconscious and would see this person as perfect for the job.

Priming is a very good technique for influencing someone subconsciously. Prior to the session beginning, the NLP practitioner can begin to prime the subject as to the ideas that he wants to anchor.

This is done in an informal and conversational way so that it goes under the radar as it were. Later on these anchors can be incorporated and built upon in the session. In the same way later on you might say, “Send me an email and tell me how you are progressing”, thus anchoring the idea of progressing positively in the future.

Shaping is the use of behavioural stimuli to get the reaction you want. We all know that animals respond to the promise of the reward of food in exchange for doing something.

In the same way humans respond to social cues and can be persuaded to act in a certain way. For instance, a salesman may attempt to shape a client’s behaviour – he will react with positive body language and smiles to buying behaviour and negatively to non-buying behaviour.
Post-Hypnotic Anchor Words

NLP anchors can be used post-session, post-hypnotically. The practitioner confidenceputs the suggestion in the mind of the subject that he will experience a particular state of mind when a certain situation arises.

Whilst in hypnosis the practitioner recreates the desired state in his subject’s mind (perhaps that of confidence or abstention from cigarettes) using the techniques described in Creating NLP Anchors – Part 1. Then he uses language that implies that a similar state of mind will be experienced when a trigger occurs.

The trigger might be seeing a particular colour or the feeling of desiring a cigarette. The point is that it must be something that the subject will encounter during the normal course of his day and preferably more than once in order to reinforce the anchor.

Creating NLP Anchors – Part 1

What Are NLP Anchors?

NLP Anchors create a connection in the subject’s mind between Anchoran experience and a sound, a touch, or even a particular smell. Every day we naturally associate how we feel with the things that surround us. And in turn, these anchors, the external stimuli, are able to trigger the feelings again.

Anyone who has every revisited their old school will know what I mean – the sounds and smells from one’s past make memories and feelings come flooding back. Sometimes we are not even aware of the trigger, and we begin to think of something or someone seemingly at random.
Anchoring in NLP

An NLP Practitioner uses anchors to enable his subject to feel a certain way about something whilst he is in a particular state of mind. This NLP Anchoring technique is based on unintentional anchoring – that is to say, anchoring that the subconscious takes on board in a natural, unforced way.

For instance, one person of my acquaintance always equates illness with the special tenderness that he experienced as a child when he was unwell. He anchors thusly: illness = love/sympathy. Now the slightest sniffle is equated as flu and he takes to his bed for a few days. And the more it happens, the more the anchor is reinforced and the more of a hypochondriac he becomes.

Smokers often make a similar anchoring connection to coffee and then feel they can’t enjoy a coffee without a drag on a cigarette. The NLP practitioner can therefore use the same mental processes, but in a positive rather than a negative way.
Creating NLP Anchors

1) Create the right state of mind: Ask the subject to remember a time Acing A Presentationwhen they felt empowered and in control. Get them to really try to live that memory, not just think about it as an observer. They need to be there, in it, doing it again and feeling the same sensations – how they felt, stood/sat, whether they felt hot or cold – all the physical sensations in that moment.

2) Polarise it: Ask the subject to imagine the reality of that moment and how intense it feels. Then get them to double the feeling, then double it again, then again. Ask them to describe the details. You’ll probably notice physical changes in them at this point.

3) Anchor it: Now you can introduce the anchor. One that is often used is a 5-second press on the person’s shoulder or knee.

4) Reinforce it: It’s now a good idea to reinforce the anchor. Change the subject’s state of mind – maybe ask them to talk about how they travelled to the session or what they did the previous evening. Then produce the anchor in the same was as before.

5) Test it When this process has been followed sufficient times for the anchor to have become established in the subject, again clear their mind by talking about an everyday event. Whilst they are doing this, apply the anchor. The subject can then judge whether the anchor brings back the feeling it is supposed to.
What’s The Point?

Anchoring can erase negative emotional states. Perhaps the subject is scheduled to give an important presentation but is experiencing mounting anxiety as the day it is scheduled for approaches.

The practitioner would encourage the subject to imagine giving Calm Ladythe presentation, and how he would feel to be standing in front of all those people with their attention focused on him. When the poor fellow is displaying physical signs of being clearly agitated, the practitioner would apply the anchor.

The anchor would make the negative feelings of nervousness dissipate by replacing them with positive ones of self-confidence and empowerment. The application of the anchor can be repeated in this way as many times as are necessary. In the end, the person will discover that only the positive feelings are experienced when thinking about giving the presentation.

This is part one of Creating NLP Anchors. Part 2 will deal will deal with different types of anchors and stacking anchors.

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