What are Submodalities

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The representational systems – Visual, Auditory, and Kinaesthetic (including taste and smell) form our internal experience of any event that can remember. When you think of something that you enjoyed doing, I expect you can get a mental picture of what was happening, the sounds and feelings associated with that event.

Any distinctions that we can identify with our senses in the external world, we can also make in our inner world. For example, we see colours, sense distances, hear variations of sound in our imagination. In NLP, these distinctions are known as submodalities. They are the building blocks of the senses, how each picture, sound or feeling is composed.

Some common sub modality distinctions are:

Visual

associated (seen through own eyes) or
dissociated (looking at self) 
colour or black and white 
framed or unframed 
location
distance away
brightness
contrast 
focused or blurred
moving or still
speed
size

Auditory

stereo or mono 
pitch
volume
location of sound
words or sounds
tone 
timbre 
distance away 
continuous or discontinuous
speed 
clear or muffled

Kinesthetic

location
intensity 
hard or soft 
size
texture
weight
temperature
shape 
duration

Submodalities are effective in helping us to gain control of our thoughts, memories or our inner world, because we can change them at any time.

We can learn how to identify the submodalities that are associated with our most effective states and transfer them to situations where we may be operating less effectively

For example, remember a time when you were operating effectively and notice which submodalities you are using. Then remember a time when you were being less effective and note the change submodalities. Now you can change the less effective submod´s to the effective submod´s and notice what happens.

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