NLP Techniques: Anchoring Powerful States

One of the classic yet most powerful
techniques in NLP is anchoring stay tuned to find out how it works Damon here with NLP Gym and I’m
going to demonstrate anchoring with an assistant Natasha and before i do that if you
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that was discovered when Richard Bandler and John Grinder were creating NLP and
they notice that virginity and Fritz Perls to people that they had modeled
NLP after and even milton erickson were using anchors in different ways and
they were able to code that and modeling and be able to use it whenever they were
helping people develop states or even overcome limiting states now have you
had any NLP training whatsoever so this is the first time that you’ve
done anything with an ok yeah and you don’t know what anchoring
is no ok so i got a completely experienced free test subject cure and she had no NLP
experience so she doesn’t know what I’m going to do and so she’s not just going
along with this alright so i’m going to explain too much
about what anchoring is right at first but i’ll explain what i’m doing
afterward so do you have a state where we can use
a range of different states so it’s something that’s very positive like a
feeling that you had at one time where you were really excited really happy
really resourceful some type of resource that you would like to have and a sort
of turn on whatever you’d like to have it yeah I can kill time ok so then what
would you call this little like what was going to be the resource in a state that
you would like to begin I was feeling really open to new
possibilities and to the future islands – it’s already really bounce and myself ok so we want to give the state a name
and we can also use it as an auditory anchor which i highly recommend that if
you’re going to use anchors that you include an auditory acre and I’ll
explain why a little bit later on so would open to you could work too so
you know that I’m what I’m talking about when I say open you know that I mean
this state ok so you can think of a time when you
felt this looks like a really strong being very very open in two
opportunities and very balanced so what I want to do is imagine you’re
actually there and really step into yourself as if you’re actually there and
feeling everything that you were feeling and see everything that you were seeing
even here whatever was there if it was your own
voice if it was other people’s voices make sure this is on sometimes when we associate that’s
called associated into a memory sometimes we don’t like already we’re not actually seeing it from her
own eyes as if we were there we put ourselves in the memory but we don’t
we’re not actually seeing like through the two places right here and we’re not
actually hearing from here like this sounds might come from a different
direction or this war how we’re hearing it might come from a different direction however seeing things might be coming
from different angles you want to really be there in the same place that you
actually were when this was happening so we wanted to be as realistic as
possible as if you’re actually there okay i’m going to scale from one to ten
about how much you’re experiencing this feeling of openness all right five ok so we want to get it
up to a closer to attend all right and i’m assuming that when you were there at
this time when you’re experiencing this is probably felt like a 10 or pretty
close yeah ok so go back into this make sure your
you’re really associated into this and really take a moment to really ratchet
this up you know what was that experience like and where are you
feeling it in your body and really intensified it that’s right just like that and just really know it’s funny what it
feels like to be open ok so i don’t know if you can see this
on camera but I’m judging from her physiology that she’s really going into
the state and that’s when I chose us to find our to set the anchor we’re going
to let that go and relax and you know come back to hear like to your body now was there another time where you felt
this another memory you know anything more recent would
probably be better that you really felt this so much state of being really open
and balance you got it in you ok so again just
really associate into that experience and just be there see what you saw as if
you were actually they’re here which here feel what she felt and really be there
and feeling that openness and unbalanced that’s right just like that now i think if you sat in this a little
bit longer you probably even more so go ahead and do that a little bit more that’s right it’s going to let that go take a deep
breath recite the alphabet backwards ok now is there another time that was
really powerful for you or is it you think it’s those those two last
experiences were probably the strongest yeah that’s still the strongest team
remember ok so choose one of them doesn’t matter
which one and revisit and really go back into it and this time you can take it
even deeper see if you can bring that state all the way to attend are really
associating and reliving that experience that’s right that again I’m using physiological cues I’m
just noticing how her physiology is shifting a bit to know that she’s really
going into this state we’re going to then take a deep breath
come out of that come back to now so the way that anchoring works is that
when you take an intense state and it could be a negative one but we don’t
want to use negative ones we want to use positive ones and you combine that with
a say touch a sound and sometimes even a visual let me see certain things and it
triggers a state and so I get that can be good and that could be bad so what I use for you was used to use
the audio and a an attached so we want to test we want to test it and see if it
actually works and it doesn’t always work sometimes you have to reset the
anchor but if I just touch you here so you went back into this yeah ok so go ahead and let that go and take
a deep breath and remember what you ate for breakfast I just kind of snap her out of the
states because we want to test us again . so i used an auditory anchor and so I
want to see if that works and i’ll explain a little bit why that’s
important in just a moment but if i said ‘i that’s right to go there was
struggling yeah that was my soul auditory anchors
don’t always take us as well as the as the kinesthetic anchors anesthetic anger
is going to be more powerful the reason why i like to do auditory anchors is I
could be across from the room or across the room and tell her that’s right and you go to the state you
know that I want to go to go into in this case it wasn’t strong but I ended
we can do more visual type stuff so what happens when I do that it works good so i just pointed to where I where the
anchor was set and she went into it so there was something of a visual anchor
there made her think about the ceiling and
major probably think about the touch but I didn’t touch her i just pointed to it so cool so on that’s the great thing about anchor so
anytime you want to go into the state you can actually just touch your own
anchor and feel that openness and that balance and of course if I’m in our
presence and say I’m her coach and I want her to go back into the state or
we’re about to coach and I don’t want her to be in a state of being open and
balance I can just say are you doing and I can
see from your physiology she takes a deep breath and she smiles and lets me
know that she’s going into that state so anything about them I like that it’s
good good example but then yes you know very simple and that folks is
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31 thoughts on “NLP Techniques: Anchoring Powerful States

  1. This is nice one……. how much anchoring will be effective, without me verbal explaining about anchoring to person with whom i am anchoring ?

  2. Really good video Damon, simple and clear I understood what she was saying fine, I think she was from England.Also nice advertising with the hoodie 😉  Are kinaesthetic anchor the strongest, I have read spatial anchors can also be useful (especially in a presenting or performing context) do you have any videos on these?

  3. I've found anchoring to be a fantastic way to organize a memory palace if you've constructed one; especially if you can use mental anchors alongside your kineisthetic anchors.

  4. Question. There are times where I get into an emotional state and make rash decisions to satisfy my reptile brain. Could anchoring be a way to suppress that?

  5. Great video! I actually smiled with her, because I felt like I found a secret! I tried it with my wife and it worked just as in this video, but the day after that, the cue didn't trigger any response. How many time do I have to do it in order to stick and become automatic?

  6. This looks uncomfortable and video is misleading. From my perspective, you're doing it wrong and anchor won't work for your student if you don't inform them what are you going to do beforehand. She didn't expect touch on her hand and the situation looks cringe. Always inform the person what's going on and ask permission first to do so then explain where will you anchor, include small relaxation before the start and proceed from there.

  7. I tried to anchor laughter as one of my coworkers laughs too much and also very easily. I repeated the touch on her nuckles several times when she was at the peak state of laughter. But why didn't she laugh when I fired that anchor?

  8. I associate laughter with negativity. When other people laugh I feel like they are laughing at me. If I laugh, I feel like I will be punished for it so I stop immediately. Can NLP help me?

  9. I've been trying setting an anchor when my extremely high energy toddler is calm and playing, so I can bring him back to this state. Haven't learned everything about anchoring yet, and I hope I'm doing it right. When he's calm and playing, which is rare, I gently touch his shoulders and ask him, "You're very calm, right? You're playing?" He answers yes to both. Haven't tried touching his shoulders yet when he's in a hyper state. Going to try soon. Wish me luck.

  10. I use to consume MDMA occasionaly once every three or two months, the feeling I get while rolling is extreme self confidence, no anxiety and I am just overall happy with myself. I just accept who I am. I'd like to retain those effects after being sober, some dude told me that's just the way I am when I am not biased by social constructions and If I remember the feeling I can anchor it.

    The thing is, I can't concentrate enough to have a vivid memory, any techniques to solve this?

  11. 1:02 If this is the first time she's got anything to do with NLP, how is she wearing a hoodie that says "NLP GYM"? Also the grin seems like another dead giveaway…

  12. Hey a question
    I recently had a nlp class and they taught me this first and they said it takes practice, i want to know how much time does it takes coz i really want this anchoring happen to me
    And am i right if i say that it will not work if u go too hard on urself
    Because I’m struggling with my past experiences because i cant remember any state of my life where i was confident (my resourceful state)
    Also thanks

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  15. if i were to activate/use the anchor as much as possible like once every minute? would it lose effectiveness? what will happen?

  16. Hey there, very informative video. Would you say that anchoring can be an upgraded version of classical conditioning?

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