NLP " Neuro-Linguistic Programming"

A thought for today:

“To use punctuation marks on paper is easy, but can you put a full stop to waste thoughts?”

Today I started my NLP, five day’s course. And of course it is too soon to judge the course or the instructor, which is not my intention with this post.

In summary NLP started in the early 70’s, as a science that deals with mind power; why do some people excel in their lives while others don’t? And what makes these people special although their brains are physically identical to others? And the answer is; all these people have developed certain techniques that enable them to use and utilize their brain power.

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One subject that grabbed my attention today was how do we perceive and develop our emotions towards things, people, or situations that we like or dislike. And how can we change those feelings if we wanted to. For example: I love ice cream especially in the cold weather, but I know I should not have ice cream coz it is fattening, but I am conditioned to think of ice cream every time the weather gets colder, so how can I change this habit?

One of the exercises in the course I found very beneficial; it actually worked instantly for me, this is how it goes:

– close your eyes and draw an image of something, someone, or a situation which you really like, let’s say for the sake of argument an ice cream cone.

– Notice the size of this image, i.e. how big or how small is the image you see.

– Notice its closeness to you, i.e. is it too far, too close, or just somewhere in the middle, calculate that distant in your mind.

– Notice how clear or unclear that image is in your mind.

– notice the colors of that image, or notice if it is just black and white.

– notice the feeling you develop by keeping this image in your mind for a while.

It’s a nice feeling, sometimes overwhelming, right?


– close your eyes again and picture an image of something you really hate, let’s say for example chicken (which indecently I hate).

– and now notice this new image as you did with the ice cream cone; i.e. notice the size, closeness, clarity, and color.

Now you can see how the specifications of this new image and your associated feelings have changed from the previous one.

Now imagine that you have a remote control in your hand, and with this device you can change the specification of any picture in your mind as you do with TV.

Slowly, change the specifications of the ice cream cone to fit that of the chicken with your remote control.

Well did it work?

I tried this with many things today and guess what? It did not fail me once, not even once.

You can apply this to things, people, or any sad memories that you want to change your feelings toward. It is simply amazing.



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By: Mary Atkinson


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Drunk'n'Gorgeous
    Dec 12, 2004 @ 01:08:00

    Classical Conditioning! I took this in psychology class. It can also help you cure your fears 🙂 It’s a double-edged sword though. Instead of curing your craving for icecream it could make you love chicken 😛 It depends on how strong your feelings are ‘cuz then one could overcome the other. Again sweetie, interesting post. 🙂


  2. AyyA
    Dec 12, 2004 @ 02:22:00

    You are absolutely right dear, and that’s why I mentioned above that we can we change those feelings IF WE WANTED TO.


  3. DJ
    Dec 13, 2004 @ 12:05:00

    Great post! I began last night with meditation and instead of picturing the colors of the rainbow, one after the other, I pictured a cup of coffee which I fully intended to replace with mud a few minutes later. I fell asleep instead. But…if it’s any concellation, I haven’t craved my usual morning cup-a-java today!
    Maybe I’ll try this with French Fries!! 🙂


  4. Patricia
    Dec 13, 2004 @ 14:35:00

    WAW…What a drawing…I love the colors and the way it comes out.
    I didn’t write to you my comment because I didn’t reach to read it all so I started from the last one and send u my comment and when I reached to this one I was so tired and said to myself I will complete it tomorrow for sure to know how u made that beautiful Pic.
    If this was the first try what would it be the second and the third…? 😉
    I love the way you write and think & I think you’ve taken the write choice to retire and to give us more from your time & to share all what you had in your mind and heart for all these years.
    So good luck sweetie..


  5. AyyA
    Dec 13, 2004 @ 16:00:00

    You’re right DJ, meditation always works for me too. But not every one can take the time to meditate. My god, the mind is so vast, it is amazing, and the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Try the NLP with the fries and let me know how it goes. Good luck sweetie 🙂

    Ok Pat. Wait till you see the next painting, I’m sure you’d fall in love with it.
    And thanx dear for your compliment on my writing and I’m happy to know that you are enjoying it, cheerz beauty.


  6. Zaydoun
    Dec 15, 2004 @ 10:17:00

    Rabab.. I’m waiting for your end-of-course review. I’ve always wanted to try NLP but never had the time


  7. Personal Development
    Aug 22, 2006 @ 06:14:00

    A typical dictionary definition of hypnosis states that it is: a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion. However, anyone who has tried hypnosis (and any self respecting hypnotist) will tell you that this is a very simplistic view of the subject!
    A much better description comes from the Free Online Dictionary which states that hypnosis is: an artificially induced state of consciousness, characterised by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction. So what does this mean and how can it be used to your advantage?

    Well, the subject of hypnosis has been discussed and pondered since the late 1700s. Many explanations and theories have come and gone though science, however, has yet to supply a valid and well-established definition of how it actually happens. It’s fairly unlikely that the scientific community will arrive at a definitive explanation for hypnosis in the near future either, as the untapped resources of our ‘mostly’ uncharted mind still remain something of a mystery.
    However, the general characteristics of hypnosis are well documented. It is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, deep relaxation and heightened imaginative functioning. It’s not really like sleep at all, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling you get when you watch a movie or read a captivating book. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the outside world. Your focus is concentrated intensely on the mental processes you are experiencing – if movies didn’t provide such disassociation with everyday life and put a person in a very receptive state then they would not be as popular (nor would TV advertising be as effective!). Have you ever stated that a film wasn’t great because you just couldn’t ‘get into it’???
    This works very simply; while daydream or watching a movie, an imaginary world becomes almost real to you because it fully engages your emotional responses. Such mental pursuits will on most occasions cause real emotional responses such as fear, sadness or happiness (have you ever cried at a sad movie, felt excited by a future event not yet taken place or shivered at the thought of your worst fear?).
    It is widely accepted that these states are all forms of self-hypnosis. If you take this view you can easily see that you go into and out of mild hypnotic states on a daily basis – when driving home from work, washing the dishes, or even listening to a boring conversation. Although these situations produce a mental state that is very receptive to suggestion the most powerful time for self-change occurs in the trance state brought on by intentional relaxation and focusing exercises. This deep hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between wakefulness and sleep.
    In this mental state, people feel uninhibited and relaxed and they release all worries and doubts that normally occupy their mind. A similar experience occurs while you are daydreaming or watching the TV. You become so involved in the onscreen antics


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