NLP & Representational Systems

NLP & Representational Systems implies that how you use your five senses of smelling, tasting, hearing, seeing and feeling to represent the experience of events. Basically this technique has based on how someone perceives the world through the senses and keep the information in your mind. Your memory has relation with your sensory experiences. It tells that whenever you perform any activity, your representational system which includes, taste, smell, sounds, feelings and images get activated during that time. At times representations are within conscious awareness but information has largely processed at the unconscious mind.

In NLP & Representational Systems the practitioner could accomplish much better communication with the client to obtain more effective results, by matching and working within the preferred representational system. Many trainings and standard works teach PRS (Preferred representational systems).


The specifics of representational systems have called as Sub-modalities. The developers of NLP started involving the enhancement of visualization techniques that are most common in sports psychology and meditation, by including other sensory systems in NLP & Representational Systems. Sub-modalities consists the relative size, location, texture, brightness of internal images, the volume and direction of internal sounds and motion of internally created sensations. Other training techniques develop to find out how the effect the level of internal feelings or other sub-modalities of a person’s capability to move around internal images, change the quality of sounds etc.

NLP representational systems is the attention you give to how people demonstrates the use of their five senses. This is possible because whatever you experience has ‘represented’ internally inside your nervous system. Your five senses are continually receiving and processing information regarding the world about and within you without your notice. You cannot have a thought without having a physical response to that thought because mind and body are part of an interactive system; anything that occurs in one area of the system affects all parts of the system.

People are continuously communicating details about their inner processing. This information is always available for anyone who has the ability to discern it. You need to develop your sensory acuity and your ability to recognize the personal significance of external behavior.

These are two main types of cues, clues, or signals in NLP representational system, that are predicates and eye accessing cues. These cues have also considered as NLP core skills. The Predicates are the ‘give-away’ words and phrases. Such as the verbs, adverbs, and adjectives that the person uses. The NLP eye accessing cues are the body-language clues that demonstrate the way a person thinks. The eye accessing cues are the directions in which they habitually look when they are ‘processing’ information in their mind. The eye accessing patterns are the easy cues to observe.

Other Non-verbal accessing cues are gestures, voice tone, tempo, breathing patterns etc. also provides you with details about a person’s processing. The skills to identify these behavioral signals and to interpret them in terms of the person’s individual style are a major factor of the NLP Practitioner. You can even practice it with your own patters, such as, the way you use your eyes, your voice tonality and even your breathing.

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