Posted in: Hypnosis, Musings, NLP

The Yanny Laurel Reframe

Is is Yanny or Is it Laurel

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Have you heard about this very strange auditory sound bite…the Yanny or Laurel thing?  Absolutely fascinating.  It’s a word, computer voice generated.  But, what word?  Most people listening to this voice generation, hear:  LAUREL.  Fewer, hear: YANNY.  How can that be?  The same sound heard so differently?

Actually, this phenomenon is well known in my world, it’s one of the tenets of NLP:  we create our reality in our own mind.

When I listened to the sound bite the first time, all I could hear is Yanny.  And I’m like:  “Laurel?? What the heck are they talking about?  Michael heard Yanny, too.”  Then, I played with this device:

It’s a toggle switch created by the New York Times, so you can change your perception of what you’re hearing.  With the pointer centered, you’re hearing the original sound.  Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?  Move the toggle left, move it right, and you’re altering the frequencies.  I did this!  And suddenly, Laurel popped!  My brain performed what we call, in NLP parlance, a reframe.  It’s not that (Yanny), it’s THIS! (Laurel).  A new way of seeing, in this case, hearing.

Suddenly, all I could hear in the sound bite was Laurel, Laurel, Laurel.  Yanny was now auditorially invisible to me.

I decided I wanted Yanny back.  So, I played with the toggle some more training my mind to hear either word, based on my intention.  So, now when I listen to the sound bite, I can hear either Laurel or Yanny, on demand.  I amuse myself by listening to the recording and hearing:  Yanny, Laurel, Yanny, Laurel, Yanny, Laurel.  Or, I can hear both together in the same word, overlaid.

We have power.  We have control.  The world is what we make it.

Is that a cookie?  Something delicious, a treat to be enjoyed?  Or, is it a piece of disgusting “no way, Jose!”?  Is that a cigarette, a familiar friend, or is it more like a person who you thought was a friend but you now see is a backstabbing liar who deserves to die a slow, horrible death?  Consistent exercise, is that a chore or a joy?  That spider thing over there, is that a terror or a whatever?  Your coworker, does he make your blood boil in annoyance, or does he make you laugh?  You decide.  We all can decide.  And our behaviors in the world follow our decisions.

Reframing is the power to see things in a new way (or hear).  We can lock those changes in place, and live in a different world.  Or, we can be flexible with them.  That’s called choice.

I remember how pleased I was when I was able to control this dancer.  Is she spinning clockwise or counter clockwise?  Either way, it’s up to me.

Spinning Dancer

I’ve always been fascinated with these phenomena.  Is this an old woman, or a young woman?

The power of mind is amazing.  And this Yanny, Laurel thing is a great example.  Play with the toggle switch tool I shared, and discover that you get to choose whether it’s Yanny or Laurel, just like you get to choose everything else in your world.

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm), Seattle's best hypnotherapistAll the Best,

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®
Originator of Designer Feelings®
Originator of Designer Beliefs®
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Posted in: Musings

The Mind is Flexible – Changes in Seeing

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

It appears the internet today is fascinated with THIS dress:

What color is this dress?
What color is this dress?

Is it blue with black trim or white with gold trim?

When I first glanced at the picture the answer was obvious to me:  white and gold.  Then I read an article about the hubbub over the color.  I looked again at the pic, and lo and behold, I saw it as blue and black.  I can make it flip in my mind.  Right now it’s white and gold again.  🙂

What color do you see?

This is evidence of the power of the mind to create reality.  The dress is a thing.  It exists.  It has color properties.  However, we can see it in different ways.  Just so the situations and stories of our life.

Are we anxious or are we excited?  They feel similar in the body–it’s how we label them to ourselves that matters.  Is saying “NO!” stubbornness?  Or is it independence?  Is that little girl bossy, or is she showing leadership qualities?  We choose how we look at things.

Now, as I write this, looking up again, the dress is blue and black.  🙂  When I was a kid I loved optical illusions, I had books and books of them.  I still do love them.  They are not really illusions, however, they are mind choices in seeing.  And there’s always more than one option.

This “dressgate” situation reminds me of the spinning dancer phenomenon.  Is she twirling clockwise or counterclockwise?  Depending on which foot you see her as standing on, she spins the other direction.  It’s wild.  It’s the power of the mind to “see” differently.  Stare at her and see if you can get her to change.  I can!  🙂


Maybe the world and “reality” as we see it is not so rigid as we think.  And this is wonderful, actually.  It means we are in control and can change meanings as useful.

This is part and parcel of hypnosis & NLP.  It’s called “reframing.”  Seeing things in a new way that make us feel better, think better, choose better actions.

I can help you do that!

All the Best, Connie


Posted in: Hypnosis, NLP

Put a New Frame on it!

A problem is simply a frame of mind, a way of looking at things.  If it’s not a problem to YOU, it’s not a problem.  Think about flying on an airplane.  After all the hustle/bustle of travel arrangements, packing, airports, and etc. when I get on a plane, I settle into the seat and go:  “ahhhhhhhhh.”  Now it’s time to relax.  No worries.   All I have to do is sit here and enjoy myself.  Perhaps for someone else sitting down a few rows,  it’s churning turmoil inside, it’s white-knuckle time.  It’s visions of disaster.  It doesn’t have to be.  You can change your mind.  And experience life differently.  Yes, about flying, and pretty much about ANYTHING!  That’s what hypnosis can do!  It’s called “reframing.”

Perhaps you’re skeptical about those statements.   Here’s a few recent examples of reframing from my life, for further illustration.

I got caught up in the shopping frenzy last week.  My husband and I were at the mall, and I found a shirt I loved.  The color in particular was appealing to me.  Hypnotists have an “inside joke” about the color purple being hypnotic, because one of the most famous and successful hypnotists in the world, Milton Erickson, was fond of wearing bright purple jumpsuits.  Color analysis books describe purple as the dreamer color.

I found a purple shirt.  Not just any old purple, this was a rich, deep royal purple, a magically hypnotic jewel-tone purple.  I was excited to find it, and on sale!  🙂  As I was checking out at the department store, the clerk commented on the “grape” shirt.  Grape?  Yikes.  I almost put it back.  I don’t want a grape shirt, as that sounds utterly unappealing.  Purple, yes.  Grape, forget about it!  One word flipped my state of mind about the shirt, and not in a good way.  She reframed my shirt (negatively) and almost lost the sale.  This is something we teach in our NLP for Sales courses, how to reframe in a way that sells, not creates aversion.

Here’s another example of reframing.  This is a sign.

Crosswalk Sign

Perhaps you’re familiar with it.  It indicates a pedestrian crosswalk.  It’s a stylized guy crossing the street.  You can see that.

Here is a sign I saw today in a parking garage.

Pedestrian Crossing

They’ve shifted the sign slightly, and the meaning massively.  What it thinks it’s saying is “pedestrian crossing,” but what I see is a pedestrian falling, and flying through the air, obviously after being struck by a moving vehicle.  Yikes, again!  A different angle on the picture, and the whole meaning changes.  That’s reframing.

Here’s a classic example of reframing.  Imagine a roaring fire in a fireplace.  That elicits positive feelings, right?  Cozy, nice, warm.  Now, expand the picture’s parameter, and you see the house is on fire as well.  Oh, no, run for your lives!  Negative feelings.  Now expand the picture further and you see it’s all a movie set and they’re only filming a controlled reproduction of a house fire.  Positive feelings, again.  A shift of frame changes everything.

What makes this “reframing” process cool of course is changing things that are problems in your life to non-problems.  Like the fear of flying.  What if your experience of planes and flight became a frame of relaxation, like lounging on a tropical beach or sitting in your easy chair at home?  Hypnosis can do that.

Big secret:   How we feel and how we respond to things and the thoughts/frames we create around them:  it’s all moveable furniture.  Within our control.  If you want to rearrange your mental furniture in a way that creates more beauty and ease  and success in your life, I can help.  That is my gig.  My passion.  My joy.  Come see me and we’ll reframe those problems out of existence.

Warm Regards,


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