Martin Messier

February 7, 2023

NLP Variables – A Complete List Of Auditory Sub-Modalities

Learning NLP inevitably demands that you learn sub-modalities. Many practitioners question whether you need the sub-modalities model to effect change in yourself or clients. One way or another, our nervous system uses sub-modalities to encode meaning. More on this in later articles.

Today, we’ll talk about sub-modalities of the auditory representational system.

In NLP, we consider sub-modalities to be the particular characteristics or qualities of a specific representational system. For instance, auditory sub-modalities include sound volume, sound distance, sound location, sound tonality and so forth and so on.

In the case of manipulating auditory sub-modalities in NLP, a great analogy to use is your stereo. Using your remote control, you can manipulate sound until you hear it just the way you intend it to. You can pan sound from the left to the right speaker, increase the volume, alter the equalization and so forth. Likewise, you can do this in your hallucinatory apparatus.

So, what are some of the auditory sub-modalities that you can adjust to change you reaction to the sounds you hallucinate?

  1. Mono vs. stereo
  2. Loud or quiet
  3. Inflections (words marked out)
  4. Pauses
  5. Duration
  6. Rhythm (regular, irregular)
  7. Volume
  8. Variations: looping, fading in and out, moving location
  9. Tonality
  10. Qualities of sound (raucous, soft, windy)
  11. Static vs. moving
  12. Location
  13. Tempo
  14. Soft vs. rasping
  15. Frequency (high vs. low pitch)
  16. Source of sound
  17. Cadence
  18. Timbre (characteristic sound, such as a voice like Bugs Bunny)
  19. Movement of the source
  20. Tempo
  21. Voice: whose voice, one or many
  22. Background sound vs. only sound
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