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February 2, 2014

Chapter 4: Submodality (NLP for Personal Success Part Four)

Hola amigo! We've come to chapter 4 I suppose. Hahaha so here we go! ;)

In NLP there's deeper version of representational system called "submodality". You see, as we've learned on chapter three, there are five representational systems: Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory and Gustatory. Each representational system has their own details, it's what submodality is all about.

For example:
when we think visually, the picture in our head has color, light brightness, depth, shape, size, etc.
 Voice has volume, location, tone, etc.
Kinaesthetic feeling inside the body also has temperature, duration, intensity, and more.

In the book it's written that submodality is the way we code and shape structures of our internal experience. Most happen outside our conscience. Every thought we have, whether it's memory or our vision about the future, is shaped from the nuance of pictures, voices, feelings, smells, even taste.

How Do We Know How Submodality Works?

The best way is to experience it ourselves, the book says.
Disclaimer: This can be a bit confusing--as I was when I first read this part-- but I'll try to make it simpler for you. Read on! :)

Let 's take our mind back to the good old days (it may vary, depending on your own kind of "good old days" hehe).
Visually: what can you remember from that moment? Is the picture colored or just black and white? Widely exposed or just framed? Is there any spesific location?
Auditory: Is there any voice or sound there? How many sources of voice? Where do the voice and sound come?
Kinaesthetic: How do you feel when you were in that memory? How was the temperature? Was it heavy or light?

The best thing about submodality is that it helps us change a bad memory into a good or funny one, and also a good memory becomes a more powerful memory--that can help us change our perspective--that eventually helps us become more effective, a better person.

Let's taje a look back at memory which you think is a bad one. That made you have that 'block' to do something you think you can't do. It can be anything.
Use the tips with the bold given above, and add this:
Visual: Let's play with the picture. Try add the brightness, and decrease the brightness too If the picture moves, stop it. If it's colored, change it to black and white.
Auditory: Play the sound. If it's loud, slow it down, Control the pitch people's voice use in it.
The same goes for kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatiry hehehehe.

The key is, if it's a bad memory you want to change, change it with something you think funny so that it won't bother you anymore. If it's a good memory and you want to make it become even more powerful memory, change the details with something you like/ something you respect. That's it, if you still got a bit dizzy, go google them :3 ahahaha kidding :p

There are to kinds of submodalities, analogue one and digital one. Analogue is the kind that we've discussed above. While digital is submodality that can be turn on and off easily, there's no in-between point in digital submodality.

But then again, when using submodality or other NLP methods, we must be aware of our outcomes. Becomes within outcomes, there comes consequences. We can choose our outcomes, but we can't choose the consequences.

There's also a method called "Swish", developed by Richard Bandler hiimself, to help people cut their bad habits. For further information you can google by the keyword: "Swish Richard Bandler"  mwehehehehe happy googling! <:D

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