NLP Made Simple (Part 2 of 2)
If you enjoyed reading the first article of this series, NLP Made Simple (Part 1 of 2), welcome back. .If you haven’t already done so, please read the first article here.
We’ll now move on to look at some further basic NLP concepts and how they can help us change our ways of thinking and behaving in a positive and constructive way. In this section, we’ll be looking at Multiple Description, Framing, Association, Dissociation and finally, Future Pacing.
6. Multiple Description
Multiple Description refers to the process of describing an event from differing viewpoints or perspectives. It deals with changing your perception of an event. Multiple description is often described as having three main points of view. This methodology was developed by John Grinder from the work of Gregory Bateson and is as follows:
First Position – your own reality; how you experience an event.
Second Position – describing how another person may experience the same event.
Third Position – describing the same event in a detached, objective way.
Framing techniques are used extensively in NLP. Framing concerns the boundaries around an event or experience. There are many types of framing in use by NLP practitioners. By putting an event or experience into a frame, almost like a work of art in a gallery, you are able to step away from it and examine it as a whole or in parts. You can then see what the possible outcomes are from the framed situation and what could influence those outcomes. Framing enables you to look at what may be a highly emotional event or experience in an objective way – untangling it from the web of emotion you may have built around it.
In NLP, association refers to being able to experience something fully and ‘in the moment’. Association allows the free flow of all the emotion and physical sensation that may be evoked by that particular event. This is sometimes useful as a way of expressing any emotional difficulties caused by the event. It allows you to ‘release’ those feelings and the perceived pressure they can cause.
The opposite of association, this describes the ability to review an event but not feel the emotion or physical sensation originally attached to it. The ability to look at an event ‘from the outside’ is particularly useful when dealing with traumatic or painful memories. Sometimes, remembering an event but seeing it in black and white enables you to feel more dissociated from it.
10. Future Pacing
Future pacing is sometimes described as setting a positive anchor in the future. It involves mentally rehearsing an event and seeing that event culminating in a positive outcome. The repetition of future pacing, therefore, enables you to expect the event to actually occur as rehearsed. This NLP tool is often used to good effect when preparing someone for an event they fear, like public speaking or flying in an aeroplane. By rehearsing the event, experiencing all the positive emotions associated with the positive completion of the event, the feelings of apprehension experienced prior to the event dissipate.
Researchers and NLP practitioners continue to develop further methods and applications for NLP. As our understanding of how the brain works increases, so does our knowledge of ways in which we can change the way that we are and the way in which we see ourselves and those around us. We are all a produce of our life experiences, our hopes and our failures. By addressing the reason we are as we are, and taking some simple, yet positive, steps to change our patterns of thinking, we can truly make a huge difference to our lives.