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Carrying the weight of the world? Here’s why

By on November 4, 2014
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Recent research from the University of Cambridge indicates that if you feel powerless things feel heavier. And we are talking physical objects here.

So if your hypnosis client feels powerless in their life they are likely to talk about carrying the weight of the world, or otherwise indicating through their language and metaphors that things are heavy. These type of clients need to begin to feel power in their life.

This takes us to the concept of neuro drivers. Neurodrivers are a concept in HNLP (Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology) developed by John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn. Neurodrivers are submodalities that drive behavior on a level that is more systematic than ‘driving sub modalities’ in NLP. Neuro drivers are specific to individuals but a great example we often see (or hear) is ‘light’, which can either be a visual sub modality (lighter meaning more light) or a kinesthetic submodality (i.e. the opposite of heavier).

Understanding neuro drivers allows us to use submodality shifts in one sensory system to change another. So for example if a client feels powerless and hence feels things are heavy, we may be able to help them feel more empowered by lightening the internal pictures they see.

Here’s a short interview with the researcher Eun Hee Lee

People who feel powerless perceive the world of weight very differently. That’s according to a new study out this week in the Depression Journal of Psychology. Eun Hee Lee is a researcher at Cambridge University, she is the lead author.

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