NLP  Technique Conversational Anchoring Part One

anchoringAnchoring is a neuro-linguistic programming term for the process by which memory recall, state change or other responses become associated with (anchored to) some stimulus, in such a way that perception of the stimulus (the anchor) leads by reflex to the anchored response occurring. The stimulus may be quite neutral or even out of conscious awareness, and the response may be either positive or negative. They are capable of being formed and reinforced by repeated stimuli, and thus are analogous to classical conditioning.

Basic anchoring involves associating a strong mental or emotional state, with an obvious stimulus (touch, word, sight) when a person is most likely to connect the state and the stimulus. In many cases, repetition of the stimulus will re-associate and restore the mental and emotional state.

NLP Technique Conversational Anchoring

In this NLP Techniques video, Terry Elston of NLP World demonstrates anchoring and how you don’t have to touch anyone to create powerful states in them or yourself. This section deals with the theory and how it works. Thanks to Eddie IIzzard for his comedy material.

There are different definitions of anchoring; here are a few versions from different well known people in the field of NLP :

Tony Robbins: Anchoring–The process by which any representation (internal or external) gets connected to and triggers a subsequent string of representations and responses. Anchors can be naturally occurring or set up deliberately. An example of an anchor for a particular set of responses is what happens when you think of the way a special, much-loved person says your name.

Robert Dilts: Anchor: Stimuli that will consistently produce the same internal data in an individual. Anchors occur naturally. Bandler and Grinder discovered old modeling that you can deliberately set-up a stimulus with a gesture or a touch or a sound to hold a state stable. Where an external stimulus is paired with an internal state.

Michael Brooks: An anchor is a representation–either internal as with a picture or feeling, or external as with a touch or sound–that triggers (elicits) another such representation. It’s a sensory stimulus paired with either a response or a specific set of responses or states .

Leslie Cameron-Bandler: In the same way that certain external stimuli become associated with past experiences (thus recalling the past experience) you can deliberately associate a stimulus to a specific experience. Once this association has taken place, you can then trigger the experience at will. It works in the same way that language does.

Bandler & Grinder: Anchoring refers to the tendency for any one element of an experience to bring back the entire experience.

Sid Jacobson: …it [is] an NLP way of talking about classical (Pavlov’s) conditioning, but it made a lot more sense.

Steve Andreas: The way we naturally link things that happen at the same time. This knowledge gives us a way to take resources from one area of our lives and apply them in broader ways for our well-being.

Terry Elston: People represent their inner worlds to the outside via a series of built in anchors, Andrew Salter remarked that we just jump from one reaction to another. What that means is we code our meaning via the associations we have made with them. If a certain look someone gives you is the look your father used to give you when you did something wrong, unless you have cleaned that up, you are likely to respond in the same way as you did with dad!

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