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The Neuroscience of Disney

By on October 7, 2014

As students of the game of NLP, we are constantly faced with the dilemma of personal knowledge versus scientific knowledge of the techniques we use. We know they work because we use them ourselves and teach them to our NLP students and clients. But there is precious little scientific research to back them up. This appears to be because those of us in the NLP world in general do not have the resources to carry out scientific research, and scientists either have no interest in NLP, or are more interested in ‘debunking’ it, or simply don’t understand it.

So it’s always delightful when researchers, particularly those in the noble art of neuroscience, stumble upon scientific results that support a particular NLP technique. In this case, Robert Dilt’s awesomely amazing Disney Strategy.

Students of the game will know that the Disney Strategy involves moving through three states, known as the Dreamer, The Critic and the Realist. As the Dreamer, we imagine what we want to achieve, whether its possible or not. Then, after we have dreamed our dream, as the Critic we find the flaws and the ‘impossibles’ in that dream. Then as the Realist we solve the problems rised by the Critic. And if necessary we cycle through each state, each identity, dreaming solutions as the Dreamer, finding weaknesses and problems as the Critic and solving those problems as the Realist.

The best way of installing the Disney Strategy either in yourself or in a hypnosis client is using Deep Trance Identification.

Various researchers and neuroscientists have developed a blueprint for creativity in Humans. Essentially they suggest the human mind, at its most creative, cycles through three brain systems: The Imagination Network which creates novel but potentially impractical ideas, the Salience Network that compares those ideas with physical reality, and the Executive Attention Network that essentially solves problems in a logical way.

You say potato, I say patato. Still it provides a great neuroscientific metaphor to provide to clients when asking them to walk through the Disney Strategy.


here is more detail as provided by Scott Kaufman of Scientific American:

The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction does not offer us the full picture of how creativity is implemented in the brain.* Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain. Via

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