NLP submodalities

What are NLP Submodalities?

You can find tons of information about NLP Submodalities, when searching the Interenet. So in this post I wouldn’t like to write a long article about what exactly NLP Submodalities are, but rather a shorter understandable explanation and also a list of Submodalities which I created to my Practice. Actually I’d like to introduce you to a useful technique, which can help you to let go of negative emotions.

Brief explanation of NLP Submodalities

We all have pictures in our minds. When you think about something, then you can see a picture in your mind as well. For example if I say dog, you might have a picture in your mind about a cute puppy, or you might have a picture in your mind about your sweetest doggy, but you might also have a picture about a big dangerous-looking dog in your mind. While NLP modalities are basically our senses: sights, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells, NLP Submodalities describe these things in a finer way. So NLP modalities refer to our internal representations, how we see things, how we hear thing and so on and on. But NLP Submodalities go a bit further. Everything that we experience can be described in terms of our 5 senses. And we are able to make further distinctions with the help of Submodalities. So we can describe what we see inside of our minds in details.

For example if I say dog, you won’t just see a picture in your mind about a dog, but you’ll see what color is that dog, what is the contrast of the picture, you’ll also able to define, if you can notice any sound inside of your mind related to that dog. You are also able to see if the picture is dark or light, or you are able to see if the picture is big or small and so on and on.

How NLP Submodalities can have a great impact in your life?

The great thing about NLP Submodalities is that we can make modifications inside of our minds. So for example if you have a big fearful picture about a dog, then you can modify it. You can make it smaller, you can make it brighter or darker, you can switch off the sounds, or turn on the sounds or whatever. But the best thing about modifying this picture is that it’ll change your relationship with the picture. So for example if that fearful dog is big and it’s quite near, you can change that picture. You can push the picture, so it’ll be smaller, you can even make the dog smaller, so it won’t be that fearful. But you can change anything. And guess what happens, if you change that picture? Yes, your relationship with dogs will change as well.

So you might have phobia, a bad memory or anything that makes you feel bad, you’ll have a picture about that inside of your mind, which you can change, and you’ll experience a shift. The bad feeling will actually disappear.

So let’s see how you can put that into practice

Here comes the exciting part 🙂

I believe that this exercise is better to do with someone. You might be able to do it alone as well, but I’d rather suggest you to ask someone to guide you through the following steps. It’ll be easier like that.

  1. Imagine something in connection with the bad feeling that you want to let go. Picture something in your mind that would make you feel that negative emotion.
  2. You’ll find a list of questions that you can ask yourself in connection with the picture in your mind. If you’re unsure what to answer, just trust your intuition, so what comes to your mind first should be the answer. You don’t need to overthink or overcomplicate it.
  3. Discover the location of your bad feeling. Where do you feel that negative emotion? Can you feel it in your chest? Or maybe in your stomach? Where is it located?
  4. If you discovered it, just in some words, tell how is it that you feel? Just as simply as it possible describe your state. Is it a pressure? Is it heavy?
  5. Try to become crystal clear in this picture what you’re looking at, what can you see? Just in some words. Because what you see affects very much on your state, on how you feel. So just in some words, please describe what you can see in that picture.
  6. You’ll need to answer a couple of questions, but before that just make yourself comfy and relax.

Visual questions

  • Is it black and white or is it color?
  • Is it near or far?
  • Is it bright or rather dim and dark ?
  • Clear or fuzzy? So can you see it clearly, or is it like a foggy picture?
  • Where is it located? Could you point in the picture, where it is?
  • What is the size of the picture? (Big medium or small? Cm or rather meter)
  • Is it associated or dissociated? Are you associated within yourself, or dissociated looking at yourself? (Can you see it through your eyes –> associated, or are you in the picture –> dissociated?)
  • Is it focused or defocused?
  • Is the focus changing or steady?
  • Is the picture framed or panoramic?
  • Is it movie or still?
  • If it’s movie, fast or slow?
  • Is it 3D or flat?
  • Duration of the picture? Do you see it constantly or does it flash rather?
  • Is there a tonality? Like reddish or greenish?
  • Number of pictures?

OK, now we’ll look at the sounds of your image. So please focus on what you hear. I’d like you to pay attention to the sounds.

Auditory questions

  • What kind of sounds can you discover?
  • Where can you hear it? Can you point it? Where is the sound located?
  • Is the noise coming towards or going away from you?
  • Is it internal (your thoughts) or external sounds?
  • Volume? (loud or quiet) (Scale 1-10)
  • Soft or strong sounds?
  • Where is the sound located? Near or far?
  • Quick or slow sounds?
  • Stereo or mono (both ears, only one ear or dolby surround)
  • High or low pitch?
  • Can you discover any rhytm? (like for example heartbeating)
  • Source of sound? Human, environmental, technical sounds, background?

So now I’ll ask questions about your feeling. So please focus on what you feel.

Kinesthetic questions

  • So where is this feeling located? Is it still there? Can you point it?
  • What is the size of it? Big or small?
  • What is the intensity? Quite intense, low intensity?
  • Strong or weak feeling?
  • Do you feel any pressure? Is it a pressure?
  • Heavy or light?
  • If you had to give a shape of it, what would be the shape of this feeling? It’s OK if it doesn’t make any sense to you, just what comes to your mind if you had to give a shape of it?
  • Duration of the feeling? Is it constant?
  • Temperature? Hot or cold?
  • What would be the color if you had to give a color of it?
  • Do you feel any vibration?

OK, so you experience the image like that inside of your mind. Then if it’s OK for you to make some changes in how it is that you see this picture, then do it. So go back to the original picture inside of your mind and make modifications (for example it the picture was dark, then turn on the light, and make it lighter, or if it was Black and White, then make it color, and so on).

Actually you don’t need to go through all of these Submodalities. You can change them, you can add more, or you can take some away, or you can even modify them. It’s totally up to you. Experiment with it. There’s no right or wrong way. 10 questions can be more than enough in certain cases, but there might be other cases when you need all of the questions. You really need to experiment with it.

Now it’s your turn, give it a try

So this is one of the great techniques of NLP. Try it, change the fearful images inside of your mind 🙂

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