Accessing Positive Intention

Concept. When "negative" behaviors occur, we typically think of them as driven by a "bad" intention. Most psychotherapy operates from that assumption as well. In NLP, we start from an entirely different basis. We deal with problematic emotions and behaviors by assuming that they serve (or served) some useful purpose of value and importance. This attitude lies at the heart of reframing: "Every behavior has a positive value—in some way, for some purpose, at some time."

I'o find, access, and/or create a Positive Intention in a behavior enables us to adopt a more effective reaction to the behavior and the part that produces it. We then have more control over it. This cuts out the negative looping that results when we turn our psychic energy against ourselves in hating or resenting some emotion or behavior. Behavior that puzzles and/or confuses us actually only demonstrates that most of its context lies outside our awareness. This process involves asking a person or some part of a person what it hopes to accomplish of value.

The Pattern

1. Identify a problem or difficulty. This works especially well for problems which seem to serve no useful purpose.

2. Find the pari responsible.

"Some part of you produced this response or behavior. As you allow yourself to become aware of that part of you, some thought, emotion, or belief, you am begin to ask that part what it sought to do of positive value for you. What did you seek to accomplish of importance through it?"

3. Continue asking the positive intention question. Sometimes we have to gel the outcome of that outcome, and the meta-outcome of that outcome, and do this several times before we find ¿in objective that seems "positive." So keep recycling through the question until you find the positive intention.

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

Hypnotism and Self Hypnosis v2

HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Learn more within this guide.

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