This NLP technique works on the principle of classical conditioning. A certain memory (usually a happy one) is associated with a gesture or a word (as an anchor) and then can be recalled through the anchor.
Think of anchors as bookmarks. Using anchoring, an NLP Practitioner can help the client feel positive by simple association. For example, a client can be asked to think of a happy memory and then, touch his index finger. Once the pairing has been established, the client can always touch his index finger to feel good.
Another useful NLP technique, swish is used to replace an unfavorable or unhealthy emotion with a useful one. This requires a bit of creativity but the results can be superb.
Let’s suppose you are anxious about an exam tomorrow. This anxious feeling can be replaced with a more positive one, say the excitement of going to your favorite movie. With practice, you can swap the two feelings and train your mind accordingly.
Humans have used this technique for centuries. Mirroring is just mimicking subtle behaviors of the person who we are communicating with. However, using this technique is not as simple as it may sound.
From speech patterns to body language, mirroring can be achieved by subtly copying certain cues of the other person. It works on an unconscious level and helps build rapport. People who are good at mirroring are better communicators than people who are not.
Framing can either be used to increase the intensity of a good emotion or decrease the intensity of a bad emotion. Framing works because our brains treat each of our memories as separate pictures. This is the reason that memories and feelings can be dissociated.
In practice, an NLP practitioner can help you frame a bad memory in a positive manner and neutralize the agony associated with that memory.
Quite frequently used by NLP practitioners, pattern interruption can be used to store messages in a client’s unconscious mind.
Pattern interruption is a suggestive technique that disrupts the inner monologue of a client and prompts him/her towards favorable thought patterns, and hence behaviors.