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NLP technique for fear

NLP technique for fear

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In this NLP technique for fear, I will teach you to work with mild anxieties or fears.

If you’ve ever experienced a mild fear or anxiety when it comes to certain circumstances, then you know how difficult it can be to shake off those feelings and press forward. Today we’re exploring an interesting technique from the world of NLP: Neuro-Linguistic Programming—which can help us take control of our anxieties and allow us to face even our most daunting fears with less trepidation. So, if finding your courage has been a challenge for you in the past, watch this video where  I explore this fascinating strategy and NLP technique for fear that could just be the answer you need!

NLP technique for fear

Transcript: NLP technique for fear

I got a question in from a student that I trained a couple of years ago in Amsterdam, an NLP Practitioner Motivational Coach, and she had a long-term client that she had already tried many NLP Practitioner techniques with. Now the client presented a small fear they wanted to work on with a quick and dirty, less than a minute tool that the client could actually use on the spot as well, not just within the coaching session. The client is highly visual and has a mild fear of cats. Not the cute fluffy ones, but when a cat has its back raised and its tail sticking straight up. In one of those moments, the client would get a little bit afraid or a little bit nervous about that cat.

So, here’s my little, simple technique that I gave. You let the client imagine, from an associated point of view (meaning the client is looking through their own eyes), the fear (in this case, the cat). It can be a moving or still image, that really doesn’t matter. Then you ask the client to make that image inside their mind’s eye, no need to bring in any real cats, and make that image bigger and bigger, and keep making it bigger so it’s as big as the entire room, and then the entire building, and then as big as the entire street. Then keep making it bigger so it’s as big as the country, or as big as the entire universe.

Now what you find for about 70% of the people, especially very visual people, is that you’ll find that the emotion initially intensifies so they become inherently more afraid, and then it just kind of drops down or neutralizes, or becomes funny or ludicrous. What you actually do in NLP is called changing the submodality, in this case size, and by making it bigger it becomes so much larger than life that it can no longer attach in the brain as an actual real reality anymore, so it either flattens or it becomes ludicrous. This also works on cravings, any small compulsion or something like that. It’s a quick and easy technique that the client can take with them and apply in any situation, and also works great on kids. It’s a small, little thing.

So good luck, former students of Global NLP Training keep asking your questions. Thanks, bye.


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