NLP Exercise - Mommy, make it go away!


The purpose of this NLP exercise is to enable you to change the way you feel whenever you remember an uncomfortable event from your past.

This exercise is similar to the NLP whiteout technique and you may wish to experiment with both these exercises along with the usual submodality shifts to find out which works best for you.

It is important to understand the steps so that you can perform this exercise without any doubt as to what you are doing and why.

It is a good idea to read the NLP Submodalities and NLP Memory Manipulation lessons before attempting this exercise so that you already have an idea of the kind of change you're trying to achieve.

So is there a memory that keeps forcing itself into your conscious attention, and makes you feel bad?

Well, as you think about that now, notice that the image in your mind has a location in space.

Is the image directly in front of you? Is it to the right? Or to the left?

Now attempt to move the picture towards you slightly then back into its usual position.

Have you noticed that you can reposition the picture?

Well now imagine in front of you a giant slingshot.

And notice the picture nestling in the center of the slingshot.

Pull it back, and feel the tension in the elastic build as you stretch it all the way back, and let it go with a loud twang.

Now watch the picture shoot off until it's just a dot in the distance.

Think about something else for a moment such as what you ate last, then think of the memory again.

Is it in it's original position or has it moved?

Pull out your slingshot again and give it another go.

Keep doing this until the memory has no effect on your state at all and stays a dot in the distance when you think of it.

In my mind I keep a trash can and when I have a memory that is really annoying me I imagine it on a piece of paper, then reach out and scrunch it up, before dropping it into the trash can to my left with a satisfying crash.trash

Note: The noises are not just for my own amusement.



Previous comments

Mommy made it go away ...

and now when ever I think of something I find uncomfortable, I automatically crank that catapult back and that's the end of it! Great NLP exercise.

DaveG, London

Posted May 7, 2010 at 09:00

Instead of a memory, can you use a feeling if you cant trace that feeling back to a memory. . Or i guess you can pick a memory that represents that feeling. . or, can you shoot away the word SHAMEFUL, what are the possibilities. . thank you


Posted February 9, 2012 at 22:38


Antonio, basically you're trying to get back to the process that results in a negative internal image. This exercise is all about the visual element. So if thinking of a word reminds you of an internal representation and makes you feel bad then that will do fine.

Chris Harrison, UK

Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:29