NLP Representational Systems Unlock How Your Mind Works So You Can Be the Best You Possible
How well do you know yourself? Are there times you do and say things that you wish you didn’t? At other times, do you surprise yourself by doing things you never thought you could do? The more you know yourself, the better your decisions will be and the richer your life will become. Learning the NLP Representational Systems can greatly accelerate your ability to know how your mind really works.
Being able to identify what NLP Representational Systems you’re using, helps you unlock and access a wealth of information inside you. It helps you understand the way you internally represent your everyday experiences. Knowing how you process information and how you perceive and interpret your experiences can help you influence yourself in a more effective way, and you’ll also understand others better.
NLP Representational Systems are made up of five modalities or senses – Visual (sight), Auditory (sound), Kinesthetic (touch), Gustatory (taste), and Olfactory (smell). These are the neuro part of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Through these senses your brain codes, stores and gives meaning (or language) to your experiences. This is the linguistic part of NLP.
To make it easy, NLP regularly classifies these modalities as VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic). Statistics suggest that in a developed country, people are predominantly 60% Visual, 20% Auditory, and 20% Kinesthetic. Taste and smell are often included in Kinesthetic because people work within the framework of sight, sound and touch most often. Of course, if you rely on smell and taste daily in your line of work, you would consider them as separate from Kinesthetic.
Many NLP practitioners further split Auditory and Visual into two components – Auditory Tonal (sound) and Auditory Digital (inner dialog or self talk) and Visual Analog (shape and color) and Visual Digital (written symbols). It’s also important to distinguish if the modality is internal (something you’re thinking about) or external (something you’re experiencing).
We often access more than one representational system at a time. For example, you can listen to the radio (Auditory Tonal – external), think about what you’re going to say to your employee when you get to work (Auditory Digital – internal) while driving your car (Visual Analog and Kinesthetic – external).
You have a predominant or preferred representational system, although this can change depending on what’s going on in your life. For instance, some people learn better if they can see it, while others learn better if they hear instructions, while still others need to get the feel for how to do it, or to make sense of it. People who excel in life and business have learned to tap into the power of all the representational systems so they can choose the one that’s most appropriate for any given situation.
What are your preferred NLP representational systems? Are you a visual person? Or do you rely on auditory cues mainly? Perhaps you navigate life through your feelings or the kinesthetic system? Both in your personal and professional life, understanding VAK can make the difference in being more successful, creating better outcomes and feeling more skilled in any kind of negotiation. One of the best ways of getting to know yourself, is taking advantage of our Neuro-Linguistic Programming training. Sign up for our newsletter to learn the latest information on NLP and you’ll also be notified when our next class will start.