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clear.gif (807 bytes) This page examines an example technique of changing submodalities without making any assumptions about which ones are more powerful.

Comparing two states of mind

For this example, consider something you were motivated to do in the past, but are not motivated to do now (although you would like to be).

Sense the old representation and determine its submodalities as explained previously. Make sure you sense it in the same way you used to so that it has the same effect on you as it did. Now when you examine the old representation it will have the same effect as it used to have.

View both images at the same time, perhaps using a split screen in your mind. Take the first question:

Is it a movie or a still shot?

Compare the two pictures and note how they are different.

Use the other questions for the Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Modalities.

Now change the present image so it is more like the old image!

Does this change the way it influences you? How it motivates you? How it sounds to you now? And how you feel about it?

Remember, put the present image in the same location as the old one. Make it as bright and and close. Put it in the same submodalities as the old image.

When images are given the same submodalities, they have similar effects. They produce similar feelings and similar actions.

This technique enables you to make changes in the right direction without assuming what is generally true is actually true for you. You take a model of an image that influences you and change the current image to suit. You take an image that works and make the new image the same in terms of submodalities.

Changing some submodalities may have little effect, whilst others have a dramatic effect.

One woman adored chocolate because its image was smooth and flowing but did not like grapes because they were crunchy and explosive. By changing the representations she became averse to eating chocolate.

Similarly a young man was not motivated to work on his PhD. Some submodalities did not have any effect. However, when he discovered a certain voice, speaking in a certain manner, then he felt motivated.

When he felt motivated he felt a tension in his shoulder muscles. But when he felt unmotivated he felt a tension in his stomach. By changing these representations, he was able to motivate himself in his research.

A man could not hear sounds in his head - his auditory representation was apparently absent.

This is a belief on his part.

He was a good visualiser and put his attention on the mouths of people in his internal image and gradually moved from looking to hearing what they said.