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THE SENSORY QUALITIES AND SPECIFIC ELEMENTS OF OUR INTERNAL REPRESENTATIONS

πŸ” SUBMODALITIES - SMALL DETAILS BIG DIFFERENCE
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πŸ” SUBMODALITIES - SMALL DETAILS BIG DIFFERENCE

πŸ“ Sensation Communication 🏷️ NLP Certainty
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Vlad | Mentalist | Modeller | Handicapper
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Vlad | Mentalist | Modeller | Handicapper
He is an explorer of the structure of subjective experience, seeking a deeper understanding of how people experience the world through their conscious and subconscious minds. He studies the inner worlds of thoughts, feelings, and sensations that shape our perceptions, behaviors, and choices.
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Submodalities are not so much what you see, but how you see it. Anonymous

πŸ“„ ABSTRACT
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πŸ”¬ Submodalities developed by Richard Bandler and Will MacDonald 1 refer to the sensory qualities and specific elements of our internal representations. They are the building blocks of our subjective experience and can be visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, or gustatory.

πŸ“Ž HERE ARE SOME COMMON SUBMODALITIES:
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Think about Waiting in a slow 🐌 queue behind 300 people and Enjoying yourself in the πŸŽ‰ party. Place those two events on your mind screen and compare:

Submodalities

  • Choose Situation with Strong sensation
  • Choose Something you Doubt
  • Place them both in your mind screen and compare
  • Small elements - Submodalities
  • Once you have your list try variate temporarily
  • For instance change location and observe your sensation
  • Reset the changes unless you find them useful

πŸ‘οΈ VISUAL SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Brightness: How bright or dim the image appears.
  2. Size: The size of the image.
  3. Distance: The perceived distance between you and the image.
  4. Location: Where the image is located in your mental space.
  5. Field of View: The width and height of your mental image.
  6. Speed of movement: How fast or slow compared to real life the movie is going.

πŸ‘‚ AUDITORY SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Volume: How loud or soft the sounds are.
  2. Pitch: The high or low tone of the sounds.
  3. Tempo: The speed at which the sounds are heard.
  4. Location: The perceived location of the sound in space.
  5. Clarity: How clear or fuzzy the sounds are.

βœ‹ KINESTHETIC SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Intensity: The intensity or strength of a feeling.
  2. Location: Where the feeling is located in your body.
  3. Temperature: The perceived temperature of the feeling.
  4. Movement: Whether the feeling is stationary or moving. How is moving?
  5. Texture: The texture or quality of the feeling.

πŸ‘ƒ OLFACTORY AND GUSTATORY SUBMODALITIES:
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These submodalities are less commonly used in NLP but can still be incorporated if relevant to the individual’s experience. Olfactory refers to the sense of smell, while gustatory refers to the sense of taste.

🎲 LET’S PLAY
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Choose one happy moment in your life. Place it on the screen of your mind. Changing gradually small elements of your inner perception will affect perceived quality and sensation. Observe, revert changes if they diminish the happiness, maintain the changes if you consider them useful to your overall wellbeing.

πŸ‘οΈ VISUAL SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Brightness: How bright or dim the image appears. Make the image brighter and notice how it intensifies the positive feelings associated with that memory. This technique can be useful for boosting happiness, motivation and confidence.
  2. Size: The size of the image. Gradually increase the size of the attractive elements of the image and observe your sensation growing in response.
  3. Distance: The perceived distance between you and the image. Bring the elements you are paying attention closer and make zoom. Observe your response.
  4. Location: Where the image is located in your mental space. If you perceive the situation up and right allow it to place down and try more to left/right. Observe changes in your sensation.
  5. Field of View: The width and height of your mental image. Imagine viewing it through a wide-angle lens, expanding your peripheral vision to take in more of the scene. This technique helps create a sense of expansiveness and can enhance the positive emotions associated with the memory.
  6. Speed of Movement: Imagine the situation moving 1/2 of original speed with nice background music.

πŸ”Š AUDITORY SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Volume: How loud or soft the sounds are. Make the sounds louder and louder still. Check your pulse.
  2. Pitch: The high or low tone of the sounds. Some people may associate higher pitches with excitement or urgency, while lower pitches may evoke a sense of calmness or seriousness. When talking to yourself you might increase the pitch of your voice to convey enthusiasm and energy.
  3. Tempo: The speed at which the sounds are heard. Tempo refers to the speed at which sounds or words are spoken. Different tempos can create different emotional responses. For instance, fast-paced speech may generate excitement or urgency, while slow and deliberate speech can induce relaxation or reflection.
  4. Location and direction: The location submodality relates to the perceived origin or direction of sound. People often associate certain locations with specific meanings or emotions. In storytelling, the use of sound effects from different directions can enhance the listener’s engagement and create a more immersive experience.
  5. Clarity: How clear or fuzzy the sounds are. Increase quality of audio so that is clear, sharp, and easily understandable. Observe variation in your response.

βœ‹ KINESTHETIC SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Intensity: The intensity or strength of a feeling. Make the sensation more intense and check your pulse.
  2. Location: Where the feeling is located in your body. Spread the sensation all over your body and notice the effects.
  3. Temperature: The perceived temperature of the feeling. Make the sensation warmer and notice variation in sensation.
  4. Movement: Whether the feeling is stationary or moving. If the sensation is stationary make it move slowly in waves, vibration, tingling.
  5. Texture: The texture or quality of the feeling. Make the sensation smooth and silky.

πŸ‘ƒ OLFACTORY SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Smell: Immerse yourself in the sweet smell of pleasure and comfort

πŸ‘… GUSTATORY SUBMODALITIES:
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  1. Taste: Enjoy the sweet taste of the situation

πŸ˜† JOKES
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  • Why did the NLP practitioner go to the eye doctor? To get his submodalities checked.
  • What do you call an NLP practitioner who can’t see submodalities? Blind.
  • What do you call an NLP practitioner who’s really good at submodalities? A master submodulator.
  • Why did the NLP practitioner cross the road? To get to the other submodality.
  • What do you call an NLP practitioner who talks about submodalities all the time? A submodal bore.
  • What do you call an NLP practitioner who’s so obsessed with submodalities, they can’t talk about anything else? A submodal monomaniac.
  • What do you call an NLP practitioner who’s so obsessed with submodalities, they’ve lost their sense of humor? A submodal humorless wonder.

πŸ¦‹ METAPHORS
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  • NLP submodalities are like the knobs on a radio. You can turn them up or down to change the experience.
  • NLP submodalities are like the filters on a camera. You can adjust them to change the way you see the world.
  • NLP submodalities are like the lenses you wear. They can change the way you perceive reality.
  • NLP submodalities are like the volume on a TV. You can turn it up or down to change the intensity of an experience.
  • NLP submodalities are like the contrast on a computer screen. You can adjust them to make things clearer or more blurry.
  • NLP submodalities are like the colors in a painting. They can add depth and richness to an experience.
  • NLP submodalities are like the shapes in a sculpture. They can give an experience its form and structure.
  • NLP submodalities are like the music in a movie. They can set the mood and create a sense of atmosphere.
  • NLP submodalities are like the words in a poem. They can evoke emotions and create a sense of meaning.
  • NLP submodalities are like the ingredients in a recipe. They can combine to create a new and unique experience.
  • NLP submodalities are the specific qualities of our internal representations of things. They can include things like the size, shape, color, location, brightness, and movement of our internal images. They can also include the tone, volume, and pace of our internal voices.
  • NLP submodalities are the filters that we use to perceive the world. They determine how we see, hear, feel, taste, and smell things. They also determine how we interpret these experiences.
  • NLP submodalities are the tools that we can use to change our experiences. By changing the submodalities of an experience, we can change the way we feel about it.

✏️ CONCLUSION
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By understanding and manipulating these submodalities, individuals can make changes to their internal representations to influence their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. NLP practitioners often use submodality techniques to help individuals reframe negative experiences, overcome limiting beliefs, and enhance their communication skills.


  1. @book An Insider’s Guide To Sub-Modalities, 1988 (ISBN 0-916990-22-2) Richard Bandler, Will MacDonald ↩︎

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