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6 Ways to tell if someone is a kinesthetic learner using NLP

Kinesthetic learner

How can you tell if someone is a kinesthetic learner using NLP?

We covered visual system: 6 Ways to Tell if Someone is a Visual Learner Using NLP

The kinesthetic modality

Kinesthetic is a different animal because we must distinguish:

1. Tactile: touch
2. Emotion
3. Proprioceptive: movement, location in space, body awareness.

And when you are kinesthetic, it doesn’t mean that all or even two are highly developed.

6 Ways to tell if someone is a kinesthetic learner using NLP

Speed of speaking

Some, most certainly not all, kinesthetic people speak slower. This doesn’t have to be painfully slow, but slow enough for a visual person to notice it. After all, we learned that they speak much faster.

Eye movement

A kinesthetic learner tends to move their eyes down and to their right a lot.

During NLP training, we teach eye accessing, which allows our students to understand how someone uses their brain.

The words they use

We teach in the online “NLP Foundation Training” and the live “NLP Practitioner training” what type of words visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners would use. And learn how to speak in all of those systems.

A kinesthetic person would use many kinesthetic words, for example: touch, rough, smooth, cold, warm, hot, sharp, dull, heavy, light, soft.

They may also use many words that relate to movements or actions: push, move, jump, fly, and run.

They also use words that relate to feelings often: comfort, sad, angry, happy, excited, etc.

Sensory acuity in the kinesthetic system

Many kinesthetic learnings have a high ability to notice the finer nuances in the kinesthetic system. They can make a lot of distinctions.

Kinesthetic sensory acuity can be:
1. The princess who notices the pea in the bed.
2. A classical ballet dancer who knows exactly where their left pinkie finger is in relation to their right pinkie finger.
3. Extremely high emotional self-awareness.

During the live NLP Practitioner training we have a game where based on touch you can figure out if you are at least a tactile learner. Someone who is highly developed will find it easy to tell who has touched them. Because if they can not sort for temperature differences, it is on speed, size, firmness, direction etc.

Using their brain

This relates to all of the above; a kinesthetic will feel a lot. Where a kinesthetic learner shines is in learning by doing. Allowing them to try something out, touch it, do something that evokes an emotion. The worst thing you can actually do to them is put them on a chair all day to learn. Unless of course, the teacher is NLP trained and can engage the kinesthetic learner’s kinesthetic side. For this reason alone a teacher or a parent raising a child should take NLP training.

You will find that kinesthetic learners have a rich emotional world; if they develop it, they can increase their emotional self-awareness. An element of Emotional Intelligence, which I teach inside the NLP Master Practitioner training.

During NLP training, many exercises are built around these concepts. As well as auditory and visual of course.

Interests (maybe)

The following can be deceiving, so it isn’t a rule. But kinesthetic learnings often will like professions that are very tactile or involve movement.



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