NLP Memory Manipulation - Change the Content of your Memories
- Chris Harrison
- 16th July 2007 - Updated 15th October 2013
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Go through the people who bother you, until you find one, who you remember as having a really uncomfortable voice; A voice that makes you cringe, an overpowering voice, or one that sounds like a dental drill.
So what happens if you change their voice?
If you remember someone who has a deep and authoritative voice, what happens when you imagine them giving you a hard time while sounding like Donald Duck?
Just speeding someone up until they sound like one of the munchkins is also quite fun.
If there is someone who tires you out because there voice just seems to bash you over and over, then try slowing them right down.
Think of other ways you can change someone's voice and try them out to work out which changes effect you the most.
So, now lets put it all together.
Remember five people who you have trouble dealing with.
Think about the next time you are likely to have to deal with them.
Using Visual and Auditory hallucinations, make them easier to deal with.
Just to give you a start, here are some ideas of changes that may make people easier to deal with.
- Clown Nose, Clown Clothes, Clown Shoes
- Dress them like Shirley Temple - if you don’t remember you're lucky
- Make them wobbly
- Change their hair - badly
- Bloke in a dress - if you're British - think 'Little Britain'
- Big flat feet
- how about a big perm
- Handlebar moustache – great, especially on women
And now for the auditory changes:
- Make them sound like Donald Duck
- One word – Helium
- Add a soundtrack to the memory –
Benny Hill is always good especially if you speed up their movements too
Or Monty Python's 'Always look on the bright side of life'
- Give them a stutter or make them hesitant
So far we have dealt with changing the content via changing the visual, and auditory elements.
So can we perform a similar exercise in the kinesthetic modality?
Remember someone who has bothered you, and imagine them stood before you.
Now, rather than changing details about your ‘opponent’ you’re going to change your own kinesthetics.
As you see your 'opponent' through your own eyes, imagine yourself getting taller and taller. Imagine your shoulders broadening.
What would it feel like if you were the incredible hulk and were beginning to stretch your clothes and expand your muscles out in all directions?
Then when you’re towering over them, notice them shrink down, and then flare your nostrils and snarl at them.
Make them shrink down until they are so small you can step forward and crush them with a thunderous stamp.
Open you mouth and feel the force of your voice flatten them.
Does that feel good?
The more you work with these techniques, the easier they will become.
You will also become more aware of what your brain is doing that makes these people so difficult to deal with.
And don’t be surprised if you find one specific change that really does it for you.
Some people find that changes in one specific modality work best for them.
And does this only apply to people?
Of course not!
Try applying the same techniques to other things that make you uncomfortable.
I'm thinking spiders in striped leggings and giving presentations in front of an audience who all look like mice!
Just use your imagination!