Imprints according to conventional psychology is thought to be a type of phase sensitive learning, a type of learning that occurred at particular age or phase of life.  One of the things that I'm good at is looking for patterns between different ways of thinking and being able to examine things by analogy.

Hence for the topic of imprints I will be breaking it down into several posts all examining the same subject through various different ways of working with imprints.  Some of what I say might seem insightful and other things that I state might seem dead wrong.  My intention here is not to get to the right answer as it is to convey different ways of viewing this phenomena and working with it.

It we were to think of an imprint in terms of memory it could be likened to something such as a flashblub memory in that they are often events that occur that are highly vivid to the individual that they occurred with in.

Something that does appear to be particularly interesting about Imprints is that they appear to effect the functioning of an individual for years to come unless appropriately altered.  People that are familiar with Time Line work in NLP will see Imprints referred to as Significant Emotional Events (S.E.E.).

In one of the very first books on NLP, "Frogs into Princes" John Grinder and Richard Bandler detailed a pattern called, "Change Personal History" this pattern allows the user to track any in 'limiting feeling' that they might be experiencing back to the initial 'reference experience' (Imprint/S.E.E/Flashblub Memory).

After a brief 'break state' the individual receives the opportunity to conjure from their personal history any resources that had they had them back then the situation in question would not have been an issue.

I have had experiences in the past where I have had individuals say that had they had a sense of safety, security, confidence, etc... that they would have been able to deal with the situation in question more appropriately.

Utilizing anchoring techniques from NLP we were able to take those resources from various contexts in the individuals life and apply them to the problem context in order to transform the 'reference experience'.

What then is often done is that they are then instructed to take this new and altered perception of the event and to imagine moving forward and to notice what things they would have done differently given this new and transformed experience.

Often times the person being worked with will notice quite a few things.

Typically a person once they make it to the present moment what is then done is that the are asked to clear their mind and then to think of future contexts that will be affected by having made this change and to notice what they do differently.

This pattern "Change Personal History" is very useful for assisting people to clear up all kinds limiting experiences.  I'm impressed at how often people are haunted by past experiences that were beyond there control.  This pattern along with "Reimprinting" pattern developed by Robert Dilts work wonderfully in transforming limiting imprints into resources that allow people to move on with their lives using those past  experiences in a way that serves them.

The book that I am recommending has both "Change Personal History" and "Reimprinting" patterns in them.  I would suggest anyone check them out.
 
This is an interesting interview of Robert Dilts in it he lays his thoughts on the difference between Coaching and Therapy.

He further goes into his thoughts on Certifications and Associations.

He speaks about Bandler and Grinder's perspective on Process and Content when working with clients.

And many more interesting... topics and issues...



 
The life blood of the field of NLP is Modeling.  Though there does not seem to be very much of this taking place.  I'm guilty of this sin as well.  To my knowledge are there only a few well known trainers that teach the skill in depth.  There is a distinction that is drawn in the field between NLP Modeling and Analytical Modeling

With the exception of John Grinder all of the well known  trainers in NLP teach Analytical Modeling they include Steve Andreas, Robert Dilts, David Gordon and Jonathan Altfeld.  Each Modeling strategy has it's strengths and it's weakness and naturally some people are going to be better modelers with certain strategies than others. 

Steve Andreas' style of modeling from my estimation seems to make great use of Contrastive Analysis he has written articles on Modeling and NLP Modeling which are on his website.

Robert Dilts has written an entire book on Modeling in which he stress people focus on features and pattern detection.  A feature would be something like what metaprograms are being used, what body movements, submodalities, language patterns, etc... once features have been identified the modelers is to use Mill's methods in order to discern patterns.

David Gordon utilizes his experiential array in which all the features that one would search for are already given in a single easy to use format.  They are simple to compare and contrast from multiple patterns in order to create their resultant model.

Jonathan Altfeld who came to the field of NLP from the field of Artificial Intelligence.  He was able to map over some distinctions from his work in Knowledge Engineering along with some of Robert Dilts work in Sleight of Mouth in order to create a very interesting and useful method for Modeling people's thinking processes.  It's a very interesting and useful method of modeling indeed.

Grinder's method which is by far my favorite from what I can tell or at least what I have attempted to do when I've worked to model people.  What you do is identify your model.  Have them engage in their competency that you are there to model as they do that you are to simply remain open and to absorb what they are doing until the point where you build up intuitions about what they are doing. 

You then attempt to replicate what they are doing without any judgment other than did you replicate similar results in a similar context.  Once you have done this you then identify an intuition without judgment once again eliminate it from your performance to see if it makes a difference if it does add it again and notice what occurs to make sure it is in deed essential to the process. 

You continue through this subtraction process until you have cycled through all the pattern necessary in order to reproduce the models competence.  Final step is coding of the patterning into a model.

Modeling is really an exciting skill.  In my opinion the reason it isn't done more is that requires time and effort to accomplish.  It's not always a project that can be completed in a short period of time.  But it's worth it.
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