Watching Movies and Practicing NLP

Watching Movies

Watching movies and practicing NLP, you may as well kill two birds with one stone.

Here are 10 tips:

  1. Do the actors eye accessing match what they are saying?
  2. What predicates does each actor use the most? Is it consistent, and is the script accurate to you?
  3. What about psycho-geography, (deliberate) pointing and gesturing? What does it tell you about the character?
  4. Stop the movie, pretend you are now meta-modeling one of the actors on something they just said in the movie.
  5. Do the characters use the Milton model a lot? How so?
  6. Is the movie itself properly 4-tupled? How about stories the actors tell?
  7. What NLP patterns would benefit certain actors?
  8. Are there anchors at play?
  9. Are the actors in rapport? Matching, mirroring, cross-over mirroring. If the story says there should be, then in good acting this should also be observed.
  10. What about perceptual positions? Of each character, where do they spend the most time? Does their language reveal that?

Next week more tips as to how to practice NLP watching movies.


  1. I have started watching the eye accessing patterns of the guests interviewed on Charlie Rose; while the patterns mostly make sense, there was a guest on yesterday (Daniel Rose, a famed Paris, France chef) who with one exception kept accessing the feeling zone – no matter what question was answered. He once accessed visual remembered and when asked about his state of mind when getting his restaurant ready before patrons arrive, he completely changed facial expressions (went stonefaced) and complexion (pale) and stared down (middle), saying ‘I am having extreme stage fright every time’…

    What is to be said about a person who stays in feeling almost all the time? It is hardly possible that no questions would have required to access an audio or visual remembered, or an internal dialogue (or visual imagined) at all…

    Thanks for your feedback!