NLP broke into a brand new playground when Richard Bandler modeled submodalities. In the next few articles, we’ll be examining extensive lists of submodalities available in the three most used representational systems: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Today, we’ll look at submodalities of the visual representational system.
In NLP, we consider submodalities to be the particular characteristics or qualities of a specific modality. For instance, visual submodalities include picture size, picture distance, picture location, picture color, picture brightness and so forth and so on.
In the case of visual submodalities, a great analogy to use is your DVD player. Using your remote control, you can manipulate your image until it looks exactly the way you intend it to. You can shrink the image, zoom in, increase the brightness, sharpen the contrast and so forth. Likewise, you can do this in your imagination apparatus.
So, what are some of the visual submodalities that you can adjust to change your reaction to the pictures you make?
- Style: picture, painting, poster, drawing, “real life”
- Panoramic vs. framed picture
- Shape: concave, convex, square, oval, etc.
- Level of brightness
- 2-D vs. 3-D
- Black and white vs. color
- Focus (on certain objects) vs. Blurred
- Clear vs. fuzzy
- Movie vs. still frame
- Size of the picture (tiny, small, life size, big, huge)
- Size of the main object
- Associated (seeing through your own eyes) vs. dissociated (seeing yourself in the picture)
- Number of pictures viewed simultaneously
- Distance of the picture from you
- Sharpness of colors
- Movement (stopped, slow, regular, fast, super speed)
- Location of picture (up, down, left, right)