Anchors are external triggers the evoke a predictable emotional response in us. Everyone has them... some productive (like not having to think to stop one's car when the light turns red), and others counter-productive (like that twisted feeling in one's gut when approaching a public speech).
The power in the principle of anchoring in NLP is that we can install them to manipulate our own state from an unresourceful state to a resourceful state at will and as required.
What's it like in there?
Eliciting Submodalities is the NLP term for learning how we represent the outside world in our internal maps. We already know how to do this to some degree, and every time we ask somebody to recount an experience, we are doing it. In NLP, we just want to do it more skillfully and with positive intention.
Remember that submodalities are the way we structure our experience. Submodalities are the components of experience consisting of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches.
What are the Applications of NLP?
Some people are mainly interested NLP applications, or what NLP can do, and how and when it can be used. In other words, what are the jobs for the tool? Some of the NLP applications are quite ubiquitous like phobia cures, allergy cures, modeling, coaching and persuasion, while others are very much less charted. This online book is dedicated to exploring NLP applications.
A Story from Mark Andreas:
A good buddy of mine was having another in a string of bad days, so on a particularly poignant hunch, I stopped by his place and knocked on his door. He refused to answer the door at first, and my hunch was confirmed... After a few minutes of coaxing, he emerged with a knife in hand, having contemplated doing himself harm. I knew all the reasons were real enough for him.
Neurology is the "N" in NLP
The first element in Neuro-Linguistic Programming is Neurology. Neurology is a study of the human nervous system, the mind, psychology and the invisible structure or patterns that govern how it all works. Think of the brain for now as very flexible hardware which can be programmed through the senses by experience. But neurology is just a substrate for our experience, like paper is a substrate for ink that writes upon it. Once paper is written on, it is transformed.
Every experience is perceived to happen at some point along a continuum of association vs. dissociation. Association is when the experience is felt to be part of you, or that you are part of the experience. You seem to be identified with the experience or connected somehow with it. Dissociation is when you feel you are watching, listening to or observing the an event from the outside.