NLP Techniques: A Preliminary Cornerstone List (2020 Update)

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

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...



"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. Mind Reading
  61. Mirroring
  62. Modal Operators
  63. Modeling: Second Position
  64. Modeling: States Of Excellence
  65. Modeling: Third Position
  66. Nested Loops
  67. Nesting
  68. New Behavior Generator
  69. Nominalization
  70. Non-Verbal Cues Recognition
  71. Parts Conflict Integration
  72. Parts Negotiation
  73. Pattern Interrupt
  74. Perceptual Positions
  75. Phobia Cure
  76. Phonological Ambiguities
  77. Presuppositions
  78. Punctuation Ambiguities
  79. Quotes pattern
  80. Rapport: How To Create And Sustain Rapport
  81. Rapport: Pacing & Matching
  82. Rapport: Pacing and Leading
  83. Re-Imprinting
  84. Resolving Internal Conflicts
  85. Resourceful States
  86. Scope Ambiguities
  87. Selectional Restriction Violations
  88. Self Anchoring
  89. Sensory Acuity
  90. Six Steps Reframing
  91. Sleight Of Mouth: Content Reframing
  92. Sleight Of Mouth: Context Reframing
  93. Sleight Of Mouth: Outframing
  94. Sliding anchors
  95. State Induction
  96. State Of Consciousness Awareness
  97. Stimulating Representational Systems: Auditory
  98. Stimulating Representational Systems: Kinesthetic
  99. Stimulating Representational Systems: Visual
  100. Subliminal Persuasion
  101. Submodalities: Digital Vs. Analogue
  102. Submodality Overlapping
  103. Swish Pattern
  104. Syntactic Ambiguities
  105. Tag Questions
  106. Transderivational Search
  107. Universal Quantifiers
  108. Using Rep Systems
  109. Utilization
  110. Values Hierarchy Identification
  111. Visual Squash
  112. Well Defined Outcomes

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