The Reimprinting Pattern

Concept. Traumatic episodes and reactions can arise from traumatic experiences, negative input through stories, movies, and imaginings. As such, once we map out a "trauma," the trauma can come to function as belief and identity imprints that lead to limiting beliefs.

"Imprints" themselves can involve positive experiences as well as negative. Frequently, people abused as children will grow up and make unconscious choices that put them back into situations that seem to repeat the prototype trauma situation. By definition, an "imprint" codes people with a map that seems to function in a very ingrained way—one not so easily affected by conscious methods of cognitive restructuring.

Imprints may involve single experiences or a series of experiences. From them we may come to believe the imprint as reality, "This is the way things are." Imprints can even arise from the beliefs of significant persons, the belief of another person which becomes imprinted in the child. Sometimes the belief operates in a "delayed action" format. Thus, at the time, the person may reject the other's view, but later the other's beliefs (as internal representations) seem to "come alive."

Imprints, as beliefs, also work in a self-fulfilling way. When we try to argue with a belief, the person may have too much data, gathered over time, supporting the belief. By going back to the original imprint, we come to a time before the person's maps became cluttered by later confirmations. In imprint situations, often a person switches positions with a hurtful person and experiences the other's reality. A child in an intense ongoing relationship with parents often imprints or introjects some of the parent's beliefs and behaviors and makes them part of his or her own beliefs.

Children do not have a clear sense of their self-identity. They often pretend to think and act as someone else. Sometimes they take on the role model, lock, stock, and barrel, with very little discrimination about the consequences of what they have accepted. Our adult selves, in many ways, involve an incorporation of the models we grew up with. Our model of adulthood has the features of past significant others. In them we can find family beliefs, precedents, rules, scripts, etc., that have arisen from our childhood.

Introjection of a significant other frequently, although not always, occurs in the imprinting process. When this doesn't occur, we probably just have a problem with a person or certain behaviors. The key lies in what belief(s) a person developed via the imprint experience. Imprints generally operate outside conscious awareness.

The mechanism for discovery of the imprint comes from anchoring an imprint feeling (a negative emotion) and using the emotion as a guide to finding past memories. (See Change IIistory for the tmns-derivational search—TD$). Travel back with it to the point where you feel confused, to the point of "I don't know." At the impasse, we have probably come to "the right address." The emotion will lead to the experience out of which we made the limiting belief. If one encounters a "blank," anchor that blank as a dissociated state, and take it back in time to a significant past imprint.

When a person reaches an impasse or imprint, immediately interrupt them and anchor a powerful resource state (courage, power, etc.). Take that resource state back into the impasse to help the person get through it.

By finding the imprint experience and re-coding it with the resources that all the persons involved needed back then, people change their perspectives and the subsequent beliefs that derived from that experience. Re-imprinting creates a multiple perspective viewpoint which serves as the basis for wisdom in making decisions, dealing with conflicts, negotiating, relating, etc.

Re-imprinting helps with the updating of internal maps by highlighting resources one can use to resolve ¿ind/or avoid trauma situations. In re-imprinting, we even give (mentally in our minds) the people who perpetrated hurt the resources they needed in order not to have created such hurt. Doing this doesn't excuse or condone the hurtful behavior, but maps out appropriate resources and behaviors. Often, victims of crimes build limiting beliefs that are then maintained by anger and fear. These show up as revenge beliefs and create even more stuckness by creating a "victim" identity. Giving the perpetrator the resources they needed prior to the incident where the imprint occurred helps to resolve the episode in their memory.

Ke-imprinting helps a person to update the internal maps. It allows them to hold different beliefs and resources. It allows the imprint experience to mean something resourceful.

The Pattern

1. Identify the problem. What belief, behavior, emotion, etc., do you want to change? What associated feelings go along with it? Inquire about what the person has done to change that belief or behavior. Ask, "What stands in the way?" "What stops you?"

2. Locate the experience. With the anchored feeling, initiate a TDS using your Tune-line, etc., to locate the imprint experience.

extend him or herself for the sake of others. Without such independence, people frequently move from dependence to co-dependence. The following patterns in NLP offer ways of addressing and resolving various "self" problems.

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

Hypnosis Plain and Simple

These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.

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