This is a VERY cute video. It’s not just an adorable baby laughing as Dad tears up his job rejection letter…it’s more than that. It’s an accurate and amazing illustration of ANCHORING.
I talk about anchors, and I use anchors all the time in my work. It’s an NLP term. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a high tech hypnosis.) In this video, every time the baby hears/sees the paper rip, he immediately laughs uproariously. EVERY TIME. Stimulus, response. Stimulus, response. Same stimulus, same response. Over and over and over again. Simply explained, an anchor is an unconscious association that’s been created, a link-up in the brain. This means that, this leads to that. When it rains, I feel sad. When I see a spider, I recoil in fear. When I see a stop sign, my foot moves off the gas pedal. When I smell chocolate brownies, I remember my mother. Anchors!
Now, laughter is a wonderful thing to anchor. Keep it! When a response is less than desired, however, that’s where NLP comes in. We can change our anchors. Absolutely easily! I worked with a gentleman with a debilitating fear of heights this past week. That fear response, it was simply a learned response, an anchor. I’m in a high place, and that means PANIC! (Not anymore, after working with me! Now it means calm, comfortable, confident, and clear-minded.) What we do in NLP work, we help people break out of these unconscious patterns and install new anchors, for better and more resourceful responses.
People think they’re stuck. They’re trapped. They’re not. NLP creates anchors, good ones, and replaces the non-useful ones. I’d be happy to show you how. As a client: http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net or as a student: http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.