The Submodality Overlapping Pattern

Concept. Sometimes we have difficulty using a particular representational system (RS) to generate a particular resource. At such times, we may first need to start with our favorite RS, with which we have plenty of skill, and oi'erlap to the weaker system. In doing this we learn to develop a less favored RS.

A public speaker or presenter can engage in submodality overlapping by simply using all of the RS, ¿ind alternate between them. (Great literature that uses ¿ill of the systems, and which alternates using one to begin and then another, provides the same p¿\tte^n. The Judeo-Christian scriptures provide a great example of this.) This pattern follows the general pattern of "pace, pace, lead."

The Pattern

1. Identify targeted modality. Perhaps someone does not make internal pictures very well or to his or her satisfaction, yet would like to develop the ability to relax by visualizing peaceful scenes and/or do other meditative processes.

2. Begin with favored re\nesenlational system. If auditory: "...and imagine listening to the sound of the wind rustling in the leaves of a tree on a fall day, and you can hear that wind blowing ever so gently..." If kinesthetic, "...feel the gentle air blowing in the trees and hear it rustle and begin to catch a vague glimpse of the tree limbs moving "

3. Then overlap to the nciv modality. "And as you can hear these tilings you can begin to see the brown and red and yellow leaves blowing off the trees "

#39 The Threshold Pattern or Compulsion Blowout

Concept. Sometimes a way of thinking-and-feeling that doesn't serve us well continues to work simply because (at some level) we still believe it will if we just work at it long and hard enough. So we stay in dysfunctional relationships, patterns, organizations, etc.

Yet patterns of thinking, emoting, talking, and behaving can "threshold." They can accumulate over time to the point that one has an internal sense of "Enough!" "No more!" We can experience "the last strawr" phenomenon about things. When we do, suddenly we find ourselves "going over the top." Then "something snaps" in a sudden and irrevocable way, just as, if we bend a piece of metal back and forth, back and forth, eventually it reaches ¿in internal "threshold." Then it snaps. At that point, something "breaks" and, like Humpty-Dumpty, we can't put it back to its previous state.

Sometimes a person will hit threshold with a habit pattern such as smoking, drinking, cussing, putting up with a mate, enduring a job, etc. Then something snaps. Therefore, the old pattern cannot cohere in that person's life. They can't stand even the smell of a cigarette. The taste of alcohol no longer holds any appeal. The thought of a particular person repulses them! They've hit threshold. Source: Andreas and Andreas (1987).

The Pattern

1. Identify your compulsion state. What do you feel compulsive about? What do you obsess about mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally? Identify the problem.

2. Identify a non-compulsion state. Think about something similar to the compulsion, but unlike it in the sense that you don't become obsessive-compulsive about it. For instance you may feel compelled about pistachios but not about peanuts, about ice cream, but not about yogurt.

3. Run a contrastivt? analysis. Compare the differences between these two items in terms of their driving submodalities. I Tow do you code the thing you feel compulsive about? How do you code the similar thing about which you do not feel compulsive?

4. Blow it out. Take the quality of the representation (the submodality) that drives the compulsion (size, closeness, color, etc.) and make it more and more so (bigger and bigger, closer and closer, brighter and brighter, etc.) until you blow it out! Exaggerate it until the experience cannot exist in that form.

When you do this, expect that the feelings of compulsion will increase at first, and will get stronger and stronger...then ¿is it thresholds, it will pop, snap, blow out, etc.

5. Test. Think about the item. How do you feel? Is the item blown out?

6. Ratchet the experience. An alternative method for getting an experience to threshold involves ratcheting it like you would a car jack, making it go higher and higher. Take the experience and the driving submodality qualities that pump it up and ratchet it again and again. Do so repeatedly until you get it beyond threshold. Then pause for a few minutes and lest.

7. Swish to a new resourceful you. After you have changed the compulsion, invite the person to think of the "you" for whom these contexts offer no problem. Then use the Swish pattern (# 24) to move from the old cues that triggered compulsion to the new states of resourcefulness.

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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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