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Ecology - Often we know what we want, and we know how to get it, yet we don't take the appropriate actions. What's up? Subconscious blocks are keeping us from doing the right thing. These are called 'ecology.' An example:

During an outcome frame, the subject states that she wants to seriously play the piano. Yet she has tried to sit down and practice many times, and always comes up with something else that needs to be done first. Upon further investigation, the programmer finds that the subject was chastised as a child for 'wasting time' and has a subconscious association with practicing piano and wasting time, that due to a long-held childhood assumption, equals danger. That's ecology.


Embedded Command - An embedded command is a hypnotic suggestion, part of the Milton Model of techniques generally used to help subjects get more of what they want. One of the easiest-to-use and most common embedded commannds is 'don't' which has the opposite effect of what one might expect. It is taken by the subconscious mind to mean 'do.'


Erickson, Betty Alice - Currently married and living in Texas, one of Milton H. Erickson's eight children, Betty Alice has continued her father's work as a hypnotherapist. She has recently co-authored a biography of her father. Here is a discussion with Betty Alice Erickson about the early days of NLP when John Grinder and Richard Bandler visited her father.


Erickson, Milton H. - (1906-1980) A psychiatrist who almost single-handedly brought hypnotherapy into common practice. He published several books in the 1970s, some of which greatly influenced John Grinder and Richard Bandler - the founders of NLP. Our techniques of speaking metaphorically, backtracking, and hypnotic suggestion, are directly traceable to Dr. Erickson's work. You'll find a nice article about Milton Erickson at Wikipedia, and a discussion with his daughter, Betty Alice Erickson here at NLP Frontier. - Source-3, Source-10, Source-11

"And my voice goes everywhere with you and changes into the voice of your parents, your teachers, your playmates and the voice of wind and the rain..." Dr. Milton H. Erickson

Experiencing - When you are tempted to ask a subject "what are you feeling," you might discover it's more effective to ask "what are you experiencing." This is because the subject may be currently more visually or aurally oriented than kinesthetic, and will be better able to answer to 'experiencing' than 'feeling.' Also, in some situations, the subject may find 'feeling' a more invasive way to ask than 'experiencing.' 


External Manifestation - We can never truly know what a person is thinking, but there are clues. What you can see, hear, and perhaps notice in other ways about a subject may give you ideas about what that person is thinking. Those things you can detect are external manifestations of internal states. For instance, seeing the subject's eyes suddenly glisten, may indicate experiencing of sadness. 


Eye Accessing - You can start to notice when a subject has certain internal states, the states are noticeable by eye movements. Ask someone to remember the living room of the house they lived in when they were 12 years old, and you'll probably notice the subject's eyes glance to the subject's upper left. Ask the subject to imagine the way the speech of a creature from outer space may sound, and you'll see the subject's eyes jump momentarily straight to the right. You can make use of these eye accesses in at least two ways. You can use it to calibrate internal states. You can then request the subject to look in a specified direction to enhance recall, imagination or to change the way events have long been perceived. 


More coming soon!