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NLP Swish Pattern Overview

Swish patterns are useful for creating momentum toward a compelling future. The NLP Swish Technique installs choices for a new way of life, rather than to change or remove old habits.

Doing the NLP Swish Pattern – Overview (The exact script is on next page)

1.   Get the unwanted state/behavior – the Old State. Get the picture that represents the habit or situation the client would like to change.
2.   Get the Desired State – the New State – by getting a picture of the type of person the client would like to be, instead.
3.   Adjust the submodalities of the New State (brightness, size, distance, etc.) for the most “real” or most positive Kinesthetic.
4.   Bring back the Old State, and have the client step into the picture, fully associated.
5.   Now shrink the New State so it’s small and dark, and insert in the lower left hand corner, and the client is dissociated.
6.   Simultaneously, have picture of Old State rapidly shrink and recede to a distant point while New State explodes big and bright into full view.  (This can be accompanied by either an internal or external SWIIISSH sound, but is not necessary—speed is!)
7.   Repeat step six a minimum of five times.  Enjoy the results!

Notes To Keep in Mind

  • The client should be fully associated in Old State (Present State).
  • The client should have detailed sensory-specific representations in the New State (Outcome).
  • If client is associated in final picture it represents an outcome
  • If client is dissociated in the final picture it represents a goal (This is usually preferred to create a compelling future.)
  • Make sure to have a Break State between each Swish Pattern to prevent the states from looping. Close eyes during the process and open and close them between swishes.

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