NLP Technique: Fear


This article is a transcript of the following video:

I got a question in from a student that I trained a couple of years ago in Amsterdam, an NLP Practitioner Motivational Coach, and she had a long-term client that she had already tried many NLP Practitioner techniques with. Now the client presented a small fear they wanted to work on with a quick and dirty, less than a minute tool that the client could actually use on the spot as well, not just within the coaching session. The client is highly visual and has a mild fear of cats. Not the cute fluffy ones, but when a cat has its back raised and its tail sticking straight up. In one of those moments, the client would get a little bit afraid or a little bit nervous about that cat.

So, here’s my little, simple technique that I gave. You let the client imagine, from an associated point of view (meaning the client is looking through their own eyes), the fear (in this case, the cat). It can be a moving or still image, that really doesn’t matter. Then you ask the client to make that image inside their mind’s eye, no need to bring in any real cats, and make that image bigger and bigger, and keep making it bigger so it’s as big as the entire room, and then the entire building, and then as big as the entire street. Then keep making it bigger so it’s as big as the country, or as big as the entire universe.

Now what you find for about 70% of the people, especially very visual people, is that you’ll find that the emotion initially intensifies so they become inherently more afraid, and then it just kind of drops down or neutralizes, or becomes funny or ludicrous. What you actually do in NLP is called changing the submodality, in this case size, and by making it bigger it becomes so much larger than life that it can no longer attach in the brain as an actual real reality anymore, so it either flattens or it becomes ludicrous. This also works on cravings, any small compulsion or something like that. It’s a quick and easy technique that the client can take with them and apply in any situation, and also works great on kids. It’s a small, little thing.

So good luck, former students of Global NLP Training keep asking your questions. Thanks, bye.