NLP Techniques: A Preliminary Cornerstone List (2019 Update)

On this page, you will find 113 NLP techniques that I've been compiling over the years — in alphabetical orders.

Eventually, all of these NLP techniques will be linked to descriptive pages on this site and the rest of the internet.

However, before we get into them, in the spirit of being thorough, let me begin with a...

Disclaimer

"NLP techniques" is kind of a weird term.

First, for purists, NLP offers no technique. It offers a modeling methodology and code. Whatever patterns a practitioner distills from his or her modeling activities pertain to their native field — not to the field of NLP.

Second, most of these so-called NLP techniques are really protocols of change — sets of step-by-step instructions that an individual can follow to assist another in creating change in his or her life.

As such, it's useful to distinguish the term "technique" from the term "protocol."

Third, some of these "NLP techniques" are really skills. Anchoring, calibration and analogue marking, just to mention a few examples, are competencies that a practitioner has to practice. They are not a technique that someone can simply follow and apply.

So, with these caveats out of the way...

  1. Aligning Perceptual Positions
  2. Analogue Marking
  3. Anchoring
  4. Belief Chaining
  5. Calibration
  6. Cause and Effect Distortions
  7. Chaining States
  8. Changing Personal History
  9. Chunking Down
  10. Chunking Up
  11. Circle Of Excellence
  12. Collapsing Anchors
  13. Comparative Deletions
  14. Complex Equivalence
  15. Compulsion Blow-Out
  16. Conflict Resolution
  17. Conflicting Beliefs Integration
  18. Congruence
  19. Conscious And Subconscious
  20. Conversational Hypnosis
  21. Conversational Postulate
  22. Core Transformation
  23. Criteria Installation
  24. Decision Destroyer
  25. Deletions
  26. Denominalization
  27. Disjunction
  28. Distortions
  29. Double Binds
  30. Downtime
  31. Ecology Check
  32. Elicitation Of Learning Strategies
  33. Eliciting Subconscious Responses
  34. Embedded Commands
  35. Emotional Pain Management
  36. Extended Quotes
  37. Generalizations
  38. Hierarchy Of Criteria
  39. Hypnosis
  40. Implied Causes
  41. Inducing Amnesia
  42. Interrupting Limiting Associations
  43. Intonation
  44. Kinesthetic Criteria
  45. Lack of Referential Index
  46. Linguistic Ambiguities
  47. Linking Words
  48. Logical Levels
  49. Lost Performatives
  50. Meta Model
  51. Meta Programs
  52. Meta Transformation
  53. Meta-Model Challenging
  54. Meta-Model Intentional Usage
  55. Meta-Model Violations
  56. Metaphors
  57. Meta-Programs Identification
  58. Meta-states
  59. Milton Model
  60. Milton Model
  61. Mind Reading
  62. Mirroring
  63. Modal Operators
  64. Modeling: Second Position
  65. Modeling: States Of Excellence
  66. Modeling: Third Position
  67. Nested Loops
  68. Nesting
  69. New Behavior Generator
  70. Nominalization
  71. Non-Verbal Cues Recognition
  72. Parts Conflict Integration
  73. Parts Negotiation
  74. Pattern Interrupt
  75. Perceptual Positions
  76. Phobia Cure
  77. Phonological Ambiguities
  78. Presuppositions
  79. Punctuation Ambiguities
  80. Quotes pattern
  81. Rapport: How To Create And Sustain Rapport
  82. Rapport: Pacing & Matching
  83. Rapport: Pacing and Leading
  84. Re-Imprinting
  85. Resolving Internal Conflicts
  86. Resourceful States
  87. Scope Ambiguities
  88. Selectional Restriction Violations
  89. Self Anchoring
  90. Sensory Acuity
  91. Six Steps Reframing
  92. Sleight Of Mouth: Content Reframing
  93. Sleight Of Mouth: Context Reframing
  94. Sleight Of Mouth: Outframing
  95. Sliding anchors
  96. State Induction
  97. State Of Consciousness Awareness
  98. Stimulating Representational Systems: Auditory
  99. Stimulating Representational Systems: Kinesthetic
  100. Stimulating Representational Systems: Visual
  101. Subliminal Persuasion
  102. Submodalities: Digital Vs. Analogue
  103. Submodality Overlapping
  104. Swish Pattern
  105. Syntactic Ambiguities
  106. Tag Questions
  107. Transderivational Search
  108. Universal Quantifiers
  109. Using Rep Systems
  110. Utilization
  111. Values Hierarchy Identification
  112. Visual Squash
  113. Well Defined Outcomes
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