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Re: Anxiety

Postby Brimstone » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:53 am

Gill

I checked out the relaxation techniques you posted in the Tips forum and they are similar to NLP techniques, but an important part of the NLP process is to associate the very powerful primary senses of touch, sight and hearing (smell and taste are secondary senses) with particular images and associating them by means of anchor points. In my example the anchor point was a spot on my wrist which by touching invoked the associated feeling of being sleepy.

In your exercise I would suggest that while subject is getting to that relaxed, safe frame of mind, every time they think of anything to do with one of the senses e.g. hearing sounds, they or preferably a partner who talks them through it, presses their designated anchor point. This does away with the need to close eyes and imagine the situation to invoke the state, which in any case may be difficult when out and about and with an anxiety attack imminent. The anchor technique is so powerful that just touching the anchor point will bring on the associated feeling without any conscious effort.

My NLP instructor said she used her anchors all the time to deal with emotional situations – like frustration. You can have different anchor points to deal with different problem states. Advanced techniques use chained anchors which are even more powerful.
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Re: Anxiety

Postby gillshutt » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:13 am

I know... I'm a qualified CBT therapist :D

NLP techniques don't work on eveyone and it can take a long time to get the hang of them, you need to put in a fair amount of practice on your own but it can be worth it in the end. Unfortunately it is much easier to teach face to face rather than me writting it down. If I can come up with a way of making it easier then it'll be on here first :)
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Re: Anxiety

Postby Brimstone » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:24 am

Oops! You probably know more about it than me. I’m not an NLP adept by any means, just a dabbler who has been impressed by its effectiveness.

Last night I had a bout of sleeplessness in the middle of the night. I remembered my posting and considered invoking my NLP anchor point, but before I could do anything about it I was asleep. So is it now working just by thinking about it? Something for me to investigate….

I know what you mean about the problems with doing it in writing. One is torn between covering all the angles and trying to be brief. If too long then it becomes difficult to take in while coping with the fibro fog, pain, tinnitus and everything else. Writing courses usually suggest short paragraphing and bullet points can help make complex subjects easier to digest.

As you say though, like all such procedures it won’t work with everyone. It probably depends on the subjects approach. I like to maintain a healthy scepticism rather than a closed-minded cynicism so consequently absorb new ideas like a sponge and get any benefits to be had.

But then I don’t have to cope with the non-stop distress you all have to put up with, which must undoubtedly make everything that much more difficult!
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