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Session - A session most frequently refers to a time during which a professional practitioner works with a client, but can also refer to a non-professional situation. Many practitioners book two-hour sessions. Some work with one-hour sessions. Dr. Milton Erickson, a hypnotherapist reported one session that lasted five hours.


Shift - A shift is a new way of understanding things, new beliefs, or consistent new behaviors evidenced. Generally, shift indicates a desired change. Often, the shift will occur hours or days after a session. Quite often, the actual time of the shift is subtle, and may not be noticed by the subject. Only upon reflection does the subject realize that a positive change has occurred. 


Six Step Reframing - A technique to help a subject change an unwanted feeling, behavior or response. See the page: Six Step Reframing


Speed Seduction - Since NLP can be used to build rapport and offer hypnotic suggestion, it has been repackaged by some trainers as 'speed seduction,' a package of techniques to attract a mate. Whereas it may be possible to use speed seduction fairly and properly, there is quite a bit of concern about misuse.


State - This is used in NLP to indicate a person's emotional/kinesthetic experience in a specific point in time.


Step Into - A programmer will often ask a subject to step into a state. This means that the subject is induced to experience as wholly as possible the state, ideally feeling, seeing, hearing, maybe even smelling and tasting the imagined experience. To become associated.


Story - 'Story' is often used in NLP to refer to a conscious statement that may sound significant but is often just an external manifestation of a much more complex situation that is not (yet) stated or discovered. For instance, early in an outcome frame, a subject may launch into an explanation of why she is disappointed with her sister. That's just story, and eventually may have little to do with the actual situation at hand, which may, for instance, be more about helping the subject shift from effect to cause.


Subject - The person who is the recipient of NLP practices. This term is often used in non-professional (casual and learning) environments. The subject in a professional setting is more typically called "client."


Subconscious - Imagine a frog if you will. They have a mind that is much like the lower levels of our human mind. They have the ability to react to external stimuli, to remember dangers so they can protect themselves in the future, and to carry out all their necessary bodily functions. They cannot talk, and they probably cannot think in the sense that we do. I'm fairly certain they cannot learn to do even the simplest arithmatic. That's because they don't have the outer layers of the brain that we have - the conscious mind.

But we have the unconscious mind that they have. It has protected us all our lives. It's what keeps us from walking over cliffs. It makes us retract our fingers from a hot fire. In fact, it is rather powerful, being the first line of defense in dangerous situations. The unconscious mind is capable of learning and storing memories to protect us from future dangers, starting from birth. It holds these memories for an entire lifetime. It holds very simple versions. It cannot not understand time, place, relationships or consequences in the ways of the conscious mind.

For instance, if at age 2, a child sees its mother freak out in the presence of a snake, the child's subconscious mind may remember, "snake = danger."

Action from the subconscious mind has a way of bubbling up into our conscious mind, and has great influnce over the ways we act and react. The person with a strong subconscious snake=danger memory might have a phobia of snakes.

Since the subconscious mind is incapable of speech and higher thinking, we cannot usually consciously access its contents. We have to 'talk' with the unconscious mind in other ways, such as meditation, hypnotism, and of course many of the techniques of NLP. By doing so, we can discover some of the memories it holds, and can install optional responses. In the case of the adult who is irrationally afraid of snakes, we can reprogram the subconscious mind to find snakes acceptable, maybe even cute.

Because the deeper layers in our brains, the subconscious mind, have not changed much since we evolved from much less complex creatures, it is often called the 'critter' brain.

As used in NLP, 'subconscious' refers to the subconscious mind, accesing the subconscious mind, or it may refer to actions that originate in the subconscious mind. The term unconscious is often used interchangeably, but is more accurately used to describe activities beyond or below conscious awareness.


Submodalities - are the non-content aspects of sensory and some other perceptions. For instance a visual memory can be seen as in a frame or with no border, can seem close or far, be in black and white or color, fuzzy or sharp, and so on. Sound submodalities would be pitch, monaural or stereo, loud or quiet, staccato or and so on. A submodality of time might be recent or long ago. Submodalities of pain include such aspects as sharp or dull, and large area or specific location. By adjusting the submodalities of memories, current perceptions, or sometimes even fantasies, remarkable changes in perception can sometimes occur. Adjusting submodalities can often be done in just a few minutes, and is a good way to get past bad feelings when a specific scenario is noticed or remembered. 


More coming soon!