ANCHORING is key to Anxiety disorder self help:
Anxiety disorder self help will involve
(Neuro Linguistic Programming)
techniques. So it's useful to know a bit about them:
a stimulus that triggers a physiological
, is called an ANCHOR.
These ANCHORS could be perceived by any of the 5 senses:
smell, a touch or the feeling of something, a taste, a sound
(words/tone of voice), or an image.
example, listening to a certain song that reminds you of an enjoyable
occasion or event, can bring on a rush of positive feelings.
our fight or flight response- anchors are very useful: for example,
"red" means STOP and "Smoke" means FIRE.
a lot of the anchors we respond to unconsciously, may actually HINDER
us, if they are prompting us to go into certain states at
So we need to learn
how to create NEW ANCHORS in order to ANCHOR NEW STATES.
Anchors need to be UNIQUE
(not used for any other
states) to the state we want to create, for rapid state
How do we create anchors?
Well, we need to be in an intense state,
body and mind are both involved together, and a SPECIFIC
stimulus is consistently and simultaneously provided at the PEAK of the
- so that the stimulus and the state become
NEUROLOGICALLY LINKED.(Just like Pavlov's
Then anytime we provide the
stimulus, we automatically get the intense
Typical examples of Anchors are the clenched
fists and the "pump
action" of their arm/s used by some tennis playes when they score a
critical point in a tennis match.
You can easily observe that they are in a PEAK
emotional and physiological "state" and they then ANCHOR that state
with that SPECIFIC arm movement.
You will notice that they repeatedly use this
action in similar circumstances- embedding the Anchor.
You will then also notice how they use the same
they are "mustering their resources" when they are trailing by a few
(Observe Lleyton Hewitt in action).
terms of Anxiety disorder self help:
Think about how you could use this technique to take yourself from an
agitated or nervous state, to a relaxed state.
Use this technique to take yourself from depressed
to "excited and motivated".