How to Create Anchors Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques

This article will discuss how to create anchors using various techniques. An anchor is a trigger that sets off an emotional cascade in you. Anchors can create good emotions and bad emotions. The principle is one of association. If we associate a certain trigger with a certain emotion then we are almost sure to get the same response every time.

You may have heard of a very famous experiment by Ivan Pavlov on the emotional conditioning of dogs. If you have not heard of it, I would suggest that you type it into Google and read about the experiment. This experiment demonstrated that it was possible to create a predetermined emotional response with a trigger or anchor (in this case a ringing bell) provided that the subject (the dog) was pre-conditioned to that response.

The principal is the same in humans. Each and every one of us has anchors programmed in us. The problem is that most of us are not aware that these anchors exist or the effect that they have on us as individuals. Anchors can take shape in many different forms. They can be anchors based on sight, sound, touch or any other of the senses.

It would be easier to give a specific example. Let us assume that ten years ago you attended the funeral of an aunt of yours who you loved very much. During the funeral, they burnt incense as part of the ceremony. You were obviously in a state of high emotional turmoil. You breathed in the incense with its distinctive smell.

Ten years later you pass a shop on your way to work. You notice that there is something about the shop that makes you feel very low but you can’t figure out exactly what is causing you to feel that way. After all, it is a wonderful day in summer and you have your vacation to look forward to.

Without you consciously realising it, that shop is actually burning the same brand of incense that was at your aunt’s funeral. The smell that you are taking in is triggering a subconscious reaction to the emotions that you experienced at your aunt’s funeral. Even after ten years, you still experience the same emotions again. The anchor is the smell of the incense and the outcome is the low mood that you experienced as a result.

As can be seen, the anchor is at a subconscious level and the mood that your experience is a direct result of a past experience at a heightened emotional state. The event could have been a positive event such as a marriage or something similar. In this instance, the memories and emotions that are triggered would be positive ones. In any case, the principle is that there was a trigger and a change in mood was created as a result. This is how anchors are created and how they bring about real changes in human behaviour.

The good news is that anchors and emotional responses can be created at will. For example, if you are petrified of public speaking, anchoring can be used to help remove your fear. The process is simple.

Firstly, you do something that makes you feel great. Music is an excellent way to instantaneously change your mood. Listen to your favourite songs and feel your mood elevate.

Secondly, create your anchor while in the great emotional state that you are in. This could be something as simple as clenching your fist or touching yourself on your elbow.

Thirdly, repeat this process a number of times. Normally, three times a day for a period of one or two weeks is sufficient.

Lastly, trigger your anchor before you do your public speaking event (or any other issue you consider) by repeating the motion that you have associated with the elevated mood.

Essentially, you have reprogrammed yourself to feel good when your previous instincts were previously telling you to feel bad. The fundamental issue is that you need to ensure that you really do feel the elevated mood before creating your anchor. Creating your own anchors is really this simple.