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NLP and NAC Strategies

Neuro Linguistic Programming and Neuro Associative Conditioning

Human behavior and experience is based on our reactions and responses. These start inside the mind when we experience stimulus. NAC and NLP provide a new science for changing interpretation of stimulus to allow ever improving responses in life.

NLP and NAC study recalibration of patterns in the mind. These patterns are set off through through the five senses or memories of sensations. Recognizing common patterns, strategies or models in people, it has been found that these strategies can be taught with amazing success.

People use internal processing strategies for all behaviors. We have strategies for love, hate, learning, arithmetic, parenting, sports, communication, selling, prosperity, poverty, joy, sex, health, creativity, relaxing and enjoyment. Often we have several strategies for the same activity leading to various levels of success.

Strategies are developed quickly in youth and shape our entire lives. When a response strategy gets good results, people lock that strategy in place, often for life. Often, such a strategy could be improved significantly and such a change can make a huge difference in success and quality of life.

A working strategy for sports is: Making a mental movie of a top athlete doing the event with all the motions and watching it repeatedly; Stepping right into that movie and feeling what is happening over and over; Doing the activity and comparing how your movements, thoughts and actions compare to the movie and adjusting to match; Accepting that getting it all right takes time and appreciating what IS correct as improvement takes place.

A non-working strategy for sports could involve a focus on the outcome rather than the process, or seeing incorrect behavior. For example, a skiier who visualizes the ski-tops crossing in their mental movie will be far less likely to reach the top levels of expertise in skiing.

Our whole life becomes more and more, a sequence of TOTE's or strategies and patterns. What you buy for breakfast, how you eat the food, how you shake someones hand. Time may move faster for older people because when carrying out these patterns, people go into a semi-trance state. For athletes, these states are very desirable and known as being in the zone. The key is being in the zones with good strategies.

A strategy is a specific set and sequence of internal and external processes, feelings, stimulus or experiences that consistently produce a specific outcome. If you change the strategy or change a feeling or stimulus, that is, if with a different order, sequence or set of stimuli, the outcome may be very different.

Process not Content

Much more important than the actual content, is the process or sequence of steps and feelings. The sporting strategy above works for most sports regardless of the actual activity.

NLP and NAC are based on modeling to ellicit strategies that work and then adjusting the sequence of steps for other people to get the best results. More than having just the correct steps, the order is critical. Tony Robbins has often pointed out the phrase "The dog bit Johnny" is very different from "Johnny bit the dog." The words are the same, but the change in order totally changes the meaning. Baking a cake is another good example where you can guess easily what cooking before mixing will produce.

Once a process is modeled and the strategy found, that model can be applied to other areas. Somewhat like a pair of rose colored glasses can be used in many places, and what is seen differs yet looks more rosey with the glasses on in each setting. When dealing with the "how to" for processing information finding one person's working internal program allows someone else to gain the same level of good results.

The crux points are finding the strategies that work best and even more, getting those strategies to replace the less functional ones many people have. Primary areas of learning thus include body language, metaphor and methods to get around blocks some people have regarding change to allow them to really make these changes in a fast smooth way that is amazing the first few times you see it work.

One assumption made is that people have the resources they need to learn and replace strategies. For example, someone who makes decisions at home flowingly but gets bogged down with work decisions will generally be able to learn to apply the home decision making strategy to work, quite easily.

Strategy Elicitation

To elicit or draw out and discover someone's strategy, use a dialog to find the steps, the sensations and the exact way the experience happens. Here is where body language and non-verbal skills are very handy because over 90% of the communication is expressed non-verbally.

While getting a strategy, a person may make gestures, or eye movements. Looking up indicates visualization, looking down is for feelings or internal dialogs. Tones, timing, postures and much more are keys to finding the exact strategy.


In each strategy, the exact flavor, location, tone etc., for each feeling or experience is called the modality. people will often have a dominant modality and you have probably heard of visual people or feely people. These modalities are significant in personality and how people relate to the world.

A Modality is a way of storing thought, for example, people are usually either Visual, or they are Auditory, and a some people are Kinesthetic. We speak of a person's dominant modality in reference to the way they usually think, remember or relate to others.

Predicates used in speach show a person's modality. A visual person would say "I see what you mean." Auditory personalities are move likely to say "I hear you."

Detecting a person's primary modality, be it auditory, visual or kinesthetic is often more than just noting a phrase like: I hear you.-visual; I see what you are saying.-auditory, or; Feels right to me.-kinesthetic. Asking other questions and watching responses, helps. Thier eyes and less obvious words they use and ways of describing also offer clues.

Strategy Elements

To get a complete strategy, the primary elements are modality:

  • Visual;
  • Auditory;
  • Kinesthetic;
  • Gustitory, and;
  • Olfactory.
These corresponding to each of the five senses.

Next, is the representational system for each of these modalities:

  • External;
  • Internal;
  • Tonal;
  • Digital;
  • Constructed, and;
  • Recalled.