BMIR part 1 of 4 – NLP Demonstration – Behavioral Manifestations of Internal Representation

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BMIR’s are minimal nonverbal and verbal accessing cues corresponding to internal 4-tuples (VAKOG). Okay, that probably sounds like giberish to most people outside of the NLP community.

In neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), there is the theory that when people process information (daydream, visualize, remember, imagine, decide, pay attention…) subtle nonverbal and verbal cues occur that reveal their thinking process. These are referred to as accessing cues.

Visually, I typically perceive changes in the following: facial muscle tone, skin color, lower lip size, eye movements, pupil size, head tilt, breathing (depth/rate), posture (generally referred to as physiology), angle of spine, gestures.

On an auditory level, I listen to changes in: tone, tempo, locus,pitch, volume, rhythm, pauses, and predicates.

In my opinion, predicates (the words people use to describe an experience) reveals a lot about the way that they are processing information, but are so often ignored by people in everyday conversations leading to confusion and disagreements. Examples could be as follows:

Visual – “I can see what you mean…”
Auditory – “This sounds fine to me…”
Kinesthetic – “I don’t know, I get a bad feeling about it…”

Most of the time, people communicate without too much conscious awareness of the words they use as descriptors… The words just seem to feel right, sound good, make sense, or appear to create the best mental imagery. Sometimes we get stuck in a way of communicating and forget that other people perceive the world through different lead systems (preferred sense to process experiences). Much confusion in conversation can easily be avoided by paying attention to the lead system of the person you are communicating with so that you can “speak their language”.

This is the realm of both problems and solutions. I can detect the way a problem is being processed by paying attention to the accessing cues and by changing submodalities, reframing, and future-pacing events I can empower a client to create ideal outcomes that move them toward a big picture goal or result.

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Michael J. Emery, M.A., C.Ht., M.NLP
Personal Development Coach & Trainer

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