Carry Strength In Your Pocket
Avoiding a person or a place, because of how it makes you feel?
Struggling to do the right thing, because your fears or your cravings are in control?
The Anchoring Process is powerful neurolinguistic technique that helps you to relieve stress, strengthen skills, release the past, and even benefit your health.
Anchors are neural connections we make all the time to the world around us. When you hear that song, the one that brings up powerful memories of a time when you first heard the song. Or you smell a food that once made you sick, and it makes you sick now.
Those are anchors.
In neurolinguistics, we don't just suffer at the hands of the anchors our brains make automatically. We actually get to get rid of anchors we don't want, and build new ones we do.
Ideas for creating new anchors:
What if everytime your boss walked in the room, you could make it an anchor to feel confident and happy?
What if something that would trigger an old trauma (e.g. an angry dog reminds you of when you were bitten in the past) instead is transformed into a trigger for a time you felt safe and had fun?
Or when you see those chocolate croissants, and make them an anchor to crave fresh food and nutritional meals?
Create physical anchors (like a stone or piece of jewellery) and carry them with you for confidence, relaxation, safety, and bravery, that you can use at any time, should the need arise.
Anchors are fast, effective, and very powerful.
Your brain is already making anchors all the time.
The Anchoring Process simply allows you to be in-charge of your experience of life.
In traditional psychotherapy, anchoring is referred to 'conditioning'. Anchoring is often a technique used in NLP studies combined with other techniques, and has been mentioned in a 1990 study in The American Journal of Hypnotherapy, as a tool that is "effective in crisis intervention and as a stimulus for catharsis." Clinical studies have found that it can benefit anxiety and promote self-care, and the researched Allergy Process in NLP is based on the anchoring principle. (reference)