NLP Swish Pattern Script
This is the script for running the NLP Swish Pattern:
- Get Agreement: “Is it alright with your Unconscious Mind for you to make this change today, and for you to be aware of it consciously?”
- Get the unwanted state/ behavior (the Old State): “How do you know it’s time to (ex: feel bad)? When you think of that, do you have a picture?
- Break State: “Clear the screen"
- Get the Desired State (the New State): “How would you like to feel/act instead? What kind of a person do you want to be? When you think of that, do you have a picture?”
- Associate to New State: “Now step into your body, looking through your own eyes.”
- Adjust the visual submodalities for most positive feelings.
- Dissociate from New State: “Good, now step out of the picture, so you see your body in the picture.”
- Break State: “Clear the screen"
- Associate to Old State: “Bring back that old picture. Now step into the picture so that you’re fully associated, looking through your own eyes and make it fill the screen.”
- Explain the “swish”: “Now take that picture of the New State and put it in the lower left hand corner, small and dark. When I say ‘SWISH!’ bring up the picture and make it explode BIG and BRIGHT on the screen, while the old picture rapidly shrinks to a distant point and disappears. This can happen as quickly as 1…2…3…SWISH! Are you ready?
- “Ok, 1…2…3…SWISH! Good, open your eyes, close your eyes. Bring up the Old State. Bring up the New State in the corner… 1… 2… 3… SWISH!”
- “Open your eyes, close your eyes. 1… 2… 3… SWISH!”
- Repeat step 12 until the client immediately accesses the desired state. Make sure the client cannot access the old state/behavior.
- Test: “Now how do you feel about that old state/behavior? How is it different now?”
- Future pace: “Go out in the future, which, if it would have happened in the past, you would have (had that old state/done that old behavior) and what happens instead?”
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