The Secret

Anyone who is familiar with NLP will have spotted the method instantly. It is a well documented and demonstrable fact that a persons eyes will move in different directions when thinking of different things. It is theorised that the eye movements correspond with access to different parts of the brain, so for example, if you ask someone to remember an image, their eyes (as you look directly at the person) will move up and to the right, and a remembered sound will result in the eyes moving right but not up or down. Conversely, if they imagine or construct an image the eyes go up and left, and left but not up or down for a constructed sound. The other options are down and right for feelings and kinesthetic sensations, and down and left for internal dialogue. Although this is true for the vast majority of cases, people can move their eyes differently to this standard model, and this is why we take the time to go through each step with the volunteer, to make sure we know which eye movement corresponds to which thought. Their eyes may also linger in each position, or it may just be a fleeting glance.

Generally (as you look at them), when asked to think of a person the eyes look up and to the right (to their head), for the music they look across to the right (towards the ears), and for the feeling they look down and left (towards the toes - H.E.T)

It may seem strange that the feeling we ask them to recall is worry, after all they're here to enjoy themselves, not feel miserable, but there are reasons for suggesting worry over a happier emotion.

Firstly, negative feelings generally have a more profound effect on people than positive ones. The human animal is still equipped with a rather crude nervous system that is geared to either "fight or flight" in the face of danger. Feelings of worry, fear, aguish, stress, etc provoke a very powerful and almost immediate response that is physically measurable. When these kinds of feelings are recalled the response should be very clear indeed.

Secondly, the volunteer may already be feeling stressful, nervous, and anguished simply because they are stood in front of a group of people, so asking them to overcome this AND feel happy could be difficult.

Finally, when people remember positive emotions such as happiness they can end up getting lost in the event rather than recalling the feeling itself.

The second time we get them to run through them is as a check to make sure we have it right, and also to allow them the practise at recalling each thought, and also to hopefully make each one more effective to them.

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