Facts about NLP V-K Dissociation
NLP Techniques

Facts about NLP V-K Dissociation

V-K Dissociation in Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Note: this post served as a prompt for an iNLP Center student webinar on that took place on April 13, 2017.

Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation is one of the core concepts that set NLP apart. And it’s one of the few concepts in the field that can be scientifically tested with some validity.

Let’s look at some facts, but first, let’s define NLP V-K Dissociation.

VK-Dissociation in NLP occurs when you witness your own
experience as a neutral observer.

This is not entirely possible since we’re all ultimately bound to individual perceptions and can’t literally take an outside point of view. However, we can simulate – imagine – what an outsider might see. This is all that is necessary for NLP dissociation to have a positive effect.

1. Dissociation can happen in any of the modalities: visual, auditory or kinesthetic.

2. It’s typically considered a binary distinction, but might be experienced on a continuum. Less like an on/off switch and more like a rheostat light.

3. You can encourage clients to dissociate directory or indirectly. A direct NLP dissociation intervention would involve giving concrete instructions. An indirect intervention would involve using targeted questions or non-verbal communication to encourage dissociation.

4. NLP dissociation is a term unique to NLP, while clinical dissociation in mental health is an entirely different concept.

5. Coaches can use this concept as a stand-alone tool or as part of established or improvised NLP techniques.

6. The key differences between optimists and pessimists may involve NLP dissociation as the point of leverage.

7. Whenever you’re stuck, notice whether you’re associated or dissociated and do the opposite if you can.

8. Becoming aware of the structure of any issue facilitates a form of NLP dissociation. This may be one overlooked reason NLP is so helpful in general.

9. Consciously associating or dissociating is different than merely being associated or dissociated. This brings up the question on mindfulness. Is mindful association or dissociation different that being one or the other but unaware of it?

10. A quick protocol for using NLP dissociation in coaching: 1) Identify the stuck state 2) Dissociate and 3) Continue coaching, maintaining the dissociated state. Ask the client what she wants, needs, etc….what her goals are given that situation over there.

Other Notes on NLP Dissociation

You can be associated – full of feelings – on the inside, but keep a cool, dissociated-appearing exterior. Others may not know you’re so associated. This is about how you express yourself more than anything.

NLP Techniques

NLP Anchoring Steps: How to Get Unstuck Right Now

nlp anchoring steps

NLP anchoring is a technique from neuro-linguistic programming that shows you how to get unstuck on purpose. When you feel stuck or just want to feel empowered, using an NLP anchor will do the trick.

NLP anchoring is easy. Follow these steps:

By using a self-created anchor, you have the power to feel what you want, when you want. It’s not magic. NLP anchoring will not help you solve lifelong dilemmas. The steps outlined here are a simple way to feel resourceful when starting from a neutral or mildly negative state of mind.

NLP anchoring is not hard to do. Follow these steps to set your first anchor.

Anchoring Step 1

Think of how you want to feel. Examples: confident, curious, at peace, excited, determined, etc…

Anchoring Step 2

Think of a time when you felt that way in the past. If you want to feel determined whenever you want, then remember a time when you did feel very determined. If you can’t think of one, then think of a time when you felt committed or resolute or even stubborn. Choose any similar state and filter through the memories that come to mind. Pick one!

nlp anchoring made easy Anchoring Step 3

Now, step back into your chosen memory. Relive it so you feel the way you felt at the time. AS YOU DO THAT, while the remembered feeling begins to come back, touch your thumb and forefinger together.

Release your thumb and forefinger as the feeling subsides.

Anchoring Step 4

Test your anchor. With a neutral mind, simply press your thumb and forefinger together in the same way. Allow the desired feeling to come back (don’t resist it, please:)

Anchoring Step 5

Now, you’ve got a way to recall and experience your desired state on demand. Use it when you need it! This is NLP anchoring. Not so difficult, is it?

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