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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
September 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
"Unblocking Fears and Phobias With NLP" - by Robert Dilts
* Comments, Feedback
Win Wenger on multidisciplinary synthesis
Win Wenger on aerostatic power stations
Rod Sherwin on evoked sidebands
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The great progress in every science came when, in
the study of problems
which were modest as compared with ultimate aims, methods were developed
which could be extended further and further."
-- John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern,
Theory of Games and Economic Behavior 
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UNBLOCKING FEARS AND PHOBIAS WITH NLP
by Robert Dilts
Fear is defined as "an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by
anticipation or awareness of danger." The anticipated danger may be
either real or imagined. According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary,
there are various degrees of fear, characterized by terms such as
"dread," "fright," "alarm," "panic" and "terror."
In addition to the discomfort and anxiety accompanying fear, dread
usually includes an intense reluctance to face or meet a person or
situation, containing aversion as well as anxiety. Fright involves the
shock of sudden, startling fear. Alarm is the result of a sudden and
intense awareness of immediate danger. Panic involves an unreasoning
and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity.
Terror is the most extreme degree of fear, incorporating all of the
characteristics of fear to some degree. A phobia (from the Greek phobos,
meaning "fear") is "an irrational, obsessive, and intense fear that is
focused on a specific circumstance, idea, or thing."
As with all symptoms, NLP takes the basic standpoint that fear, and the
discomfort associated with fear, is a communication. Generally the
"positive intention" of fear is safety. Paradoxically, however, many of
the behaviors and responses that result from fear do not necessarily
lead to safety in the long run. From the NLP perspective, the issue is
not whether or not a person feels fearful, but rather what that person
does next as a result of the fear.
Fear can be considered to be the first step in a chain. The value or
usefulness of the chain is a function of where the chain ends up.
According to Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, for instance, fear is overcome
by achieving clarity. NLP has developed a variety of techniques and
procedures to help people cope with various types of fear and transform
their response to it into something more useful. -K Dissociation, moving
to Meta Position, establishing powerful resource Anchors, altering the
submodalities of the internal representations associated with the feeling
of fear, Reframing, and Changing Personal History, are all ways of dealing
with both the symptoms and the causes of fear.
The celebrated NLP Phobia technique, for instance, uses the process of
V-K Dissociation, Submodalities and Anchoring to reduce the sense of
discomfort and anxiety produced by fear, and to help identify and transform
its underlying causes.
The NLP Phobia Technique
Phobic disorders, according to modern classification, are a subcategory
of anxiety disorders. Some common phobias involve the fear of: public
places, heights, flying, closed spaces, social situations, death, the
dark, animals, foreigners or other groups of people, meteorological
events, and electricity. One of the most widespread phobias is that of
'public speaking'. Phobia sufferers may experience a variety of symptoms,
including dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, and immobilization.
A number of theories have been advanced about the causes of phobias:
that phobias result from conditioning stemming from a single frightening
encounter with the thing feared (the behaviorist perspective); that phobias
mask anxieties dating from childhood (the psychoanalytic interpretation);
that phobias are "learned" gradually, over a long period of time; and that
phobias come from distorted thoughts about the thing feared (the cognitive
Various treatments have been developed to help bring relief to phobia
sufferers, based on the different theories about their causes, each with
similar (relatively high) levels of success. Behaviorists, for instance,
may use one of two treatments -- gradual exposure to the thing feared
(systematic desensitization), or intense exposure (flooding), which
creates a type of desensitization by oversaturating the feelings.
Psychoanalysts strive to help their patients remember suppressed thoughts
about childhood traumas. Cognitive psychologists seek to alter the way
their patients think about what they fear.
The NLP approach to dealing with phobias incorporates aspects of each
of these other perspectives. There have been a number of NLP methods
developed which effectively treat phobias, that have similarities to
each of these various modalities of phobia treatment. In fact, one of
the most well-known and successful NLP techniques is its celebrated
'10 minute' Phobia Cure.
From the NLP point of view, a phobia is a classic "neuro-linguistic
program." Phobias result from generalizations about the world that
include our fight-flight response. NLP views the basic structure of
a phobic response essentially as a single-trial learning experience
(similar to the behaviorist perspective) that can become complicated by
other beliefs and events (similar to the psychoanalytic and cognitive
In fact, people's abilities to establish or change phobic responses
rapidly have often been used as an example of how quickly we can learn,
when the intensity and timing of a response or state of attention leads
it to be associated with a particular stimulus.
Regardless of the manner in which such programs were initially established,
however, they can often be addressed in a similar fashion. From the
perspective of self-organization theory, for instance, a phobia is an
example of a 'simple-stable' pattern. (It is "simple" because one
particular stimulus is always paired with a particular response; and
it is "stable" because the stimulus and response always occur together.)
The phobic stimulus is a type of "attractor." The most effective way to
address such a process is to interrupt or destabilize the existing pattern
related to the current 'attractor', and then to establish or install a new
One of the main ways in which NLP treats phobias is by helping to interrupt
the phobic pattern or "program" through techniques like V-K Dissociation,
in which a person becomes a disconnected observer of himself or herself.
From this perceptual position, the person can dispassionately watch his or
her behavior during a phobic reaction. The phobic pattern can be further
destabilized by imaging the earliest event associated with the phobic
response as a 'black-and-white' mental movie and running it backwards.
In some cases, additional techniques which address and restructure
particular past events (such as Change Personal History), and help to
update limiting beliefs (Reimprinting), are necessary to address deeper
issues and replace the problematic 'attractor'. The technique of Reframing,
which explores finding other choices to satisfy the positive intention of
the fear, has also been used with success in the treatment of some phobias.
Steps of the NLP Phobia Process
The following is a summary of the general steps taken in the NLP approach
to phobia treatment:
1. Identify the stimulus or context associated with the phobic response;
i.e., seeing the insect or animal, sitting in an airplane, speaking in
public, etc. (e.g., a wasp). Notice the physiological reactions that occur
in response to remembering or imagining the stimulus or situation.
2. Clear your mind and enter a relaxed and calm state. Look up and
visualize a blank movie screen out in front of you, as if you were
sitting in a movie theater. Your eyes should be looking upwards at about
a 20 degree angle; your breathing should be shallow and in the chest
area, shoulders back, with little or no tension in facial muscles.
3. Now, imagine that you are floating above and behind yourself, as if
you were watching yourself sitting in the movie theater, looking at
yourself from the perspective of the projection booth of the theater.
4. Imagine that, from the projection booth, you can see a movie of a
past incident associated with the establishment of the phobic response
being projected on the movie screen (e.g., accidentally stepping in a
wasp's nest as a child). If you need to, you can move the picture farther
away, make it black and white, or alter the brightness to ensure complete
detachment from any fearful feelings.
5. Make a 'safety sandwich'. From your perspective in the projection
booth, you can know that there was a time before the event happened that
you were safe. There was also a time following the event that you were
again safe. Make sure that you can view the whole 'movie' of the event,
starting with the initial point of safety, through the frightening
experience, to the later point of safety. It was an event that happened
and is over.
6. Now, run the movie 'backward'. See all of the events going in reverse.
Do this several times, as quickly as you can.
7. Explore the positive intention or purpose of the fear. What other
understandings, resources, and choices of behavior do you have that you
could bring into that situation? Imagine that you could "edit" the movie
and see the positive effects that these new understandings, resources
and choices would have on that past situation.
8. Float down from the projection booth back into the you who is sitting
in the movie theater and watching this new movie. If the scenes in the
new movie stay in their updated form, you can also put yourself into the
movie and experience what it would be like to have the new understandings,
resources and choices in that situation.
Notice how this process incorporates aspects of the behaviorist,
psychoanalytic and cognitive approaches. It does presuppose, however,
knowledge of the stimulus that triggers the phobic response, and at
least some knowledge of the initiating circumstances behind the phobia.
Some phobias and anxiety disorders, such as a generalized 'fear of the
unknown', are missing both types of information. Typically, in something
like a snake phobia, information about the trigger of the fear, namely
snakes, is external and in "objective" or "consensual" reality.
A 'free floating' fear of the unknown most likely has an internal,
"subjective" trigger that is probably out of conscious awareness for
Working with this type of fear would first involve helping the person to
conduct a "transderivational search" through his or her personal history
to explore the situation surrounding the beginning of the fear. Many
times, such phobic reactions spontaneously change (become "reframed")
when the person becomes aware of the conditions in which the reaction was
first established. The use of metaphors and symbols is also an effective
way to treat 'free floating' anxieties.
Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP.
Dilts, R. and DeLozier,
Frogs Into Princes. Bandler, R. and Grinder, J., Real People Press,
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Win Wenger ( email@example.com ) adds:
Many of you already know that Robert Dilts is recognized as one of the
world's leading experts on removal of fears and phobias, and that some
consider him to be THE leading such expert.
The rest of you should know that it is NOT "too good to be true," that
lifetime fears and phobias can be removed in a matter of minutes - even
if, traditionally, patients go to a therapist for years, or even a
lifetime, and still not emerge free of these problems. I myself cured
myself of a "lifetime block" in math, in about twenty minutes, mostly by
using breathing patterns to recondition stimuli (see the Calm Breathing
Patterns in "Winsights" Nos. 28-29, http://www.winwenger.com ). Some of
you know the tapping procedures in the Emotional Freedom Technique which
likewise very quickly dispel undesired states. Others of you know that
the Rapid Eye Movement procedure rapidly clears away various stress
disorders in minutes, and some of you know Kinesiology's way of finger-
resting either side of the pre-frontal lobes which likewise has similar
success. Dilts, of course, has had long, extensive success results with
the NLP approach described above.
In other words, the aberration is not that some program or method can
cure such things in just a few minutes. The aberration is that therapies
costing hundreds of dollars per hour continue to be the politically and
legally enforced medical standard. They require years to treat such
conditions and often fail altogether to heal them.
What I would very much like to see, and what Robert Dilts has expressed
to me some interest in seeing, is a multidisciplinary conference of all
relevant programs and disciplines, seeking not to prove who is right or
wrong but finding a higher and even more powerful synthesis.
Representatives of each program would problem-solve together before a
larger audience, mostly using special information processes such as our
many CPS methods, rather than conventional group discussion, in search
of synthesis and consensus.
What I would also like to see is some sort of Consumer's Guide to such
methods, techniques and programs. This would require some research to put
together accurately, but think of the incredible benefits! Not to mention
also that a rising tide lifts all ships, and if reliable research were
featured for these "alternative therapies," a much broader portion of the
public would become that rising tide.
Anyone interested in helping either that multidisciplinary synthesis-
seeking conference or such a human-process Consumer's Guide to happen,
please contact me. Thank you.
... Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Win Wenger ( email@example.com ) writes:
A current story in Reuters tells about a Norwegian attempt to locate
windmill farms out at sea - where there's more wind, and where they'd be
out of sight of land-dwellers:
Supported by tethered hydrogen balloons, such farms would also be
essentially out of sight if high enough in the sky. The tethers would be
visible at each ground station but quickly disappear as they rose. The
winds are also greater in the sky than at ground or sea level. High
enough farms could also support banks of solar power panels in perpetual
sunlight, once the cost of solar power comes down a little more. Lastly,
there should be some recoverable power in the difference in electrical
potential between ground and the upper atmosphere.
Tethered and cross-tethered for stability by balloons, these aerostatic
power stations could also serve as a back door for development of our
inexpensive space launch system ( http://www.winwenger.com/launch.htm )
using such tethered balloons to support a very long, gentle-g mass-driver
track, allowing hundreds of miles over the top of the atmosphere in which
to build orbital velocity without expending reaction mass. Thoughts,
-- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Rod Sherwin (email@example.com ) writes:
I'm having great success with the Sidebands area of exploration
[see the feature article by Win Wenger on Sidebands in the August 2005
issue of The Stream, www.winwenger.com/Stream/05-08.htm ].
Just recently I was working hard at my finances, trying to create some
more cashflow, and after several hours gave it away and went to bed
reading an unrelated book. As I was reading, all these amazing ideas for
my finances kept popping into my head. At first they would flit across
my awareness and I would almost ignore them. Then I realised how good
some of the ideas were and started writing them down as they occurred.
Fascinating stuff!! -- Regards, Rod
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