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Discover the programming language of subjective experience with this NLP technique. This high-caliber tool allows you to quickly affect emotional life and get rid of annoying behavioral habits or fears.


Here is an explanation of submodalities and why it is important to deal with them.

We receive information about the world through our five senses, which we have abbreviated to VAKOG. These senses are sometimes called modalities.

Submodalities are the next smaller building blocks of subjective experience. Within each modality we can distinguish different submodalities, e.g., in the visual range: light-dark, color-black and white, sharp-blurred, etc. In the auditory range: loud-low, low-high, clear-indistinct, etc. Every picture, noise or feeling can be described with the aid of numerous submodalities. So far, we have focused our attention on what someone represents in content, e.g., what he sees and what he hears. Now let's focus on what the inner picture, inner sound, or inner feeling is like.

The fascinating discovery in NLP is that the formal "difference" in the submodalities is often more powerful than the content of the experience. So that means that our body sensations and feelings depend more on the submodalities of the internal representation than on the content. Because of this unusual discovery, Bandler and others have developed effective and extremely fast intervention patterns.

Modalities = representational systems VAKOG

Gustatory tasting

Submodalities = Fine distinctions of the senses
Sensual coding of language

Auditory Loud-lowHigh-deep
OlfactoryPleasant smellUnpleasant smell

= the experience of evaluated feelings
- emotional equivalent of the sensually packed experience

Verbal indicators of submodalities

Submodalities can be displayed in language. Here are some examples:

  • I have only vague ideas about my future.
  • He has a bright future ahead of him.
  • His past is in the dark.
  • The future is cloudy.
  • She is cold to me.
  • He’s getting hot under the collar.
  • She just gets under my skin.

Checklist of possible sense modalities

This section contains a collection of different submodalities in the different senses.

Visual submodalities

  1. Film/Photograph: Is it a moving or a still picture?
  2. Color/Black-White: Is the picture in color or monochrome?
  3. Right/Left/Center: Where is the picture? To the right, the left, or in the middle?
  4. Above/Middle/Below: Is the picture above the center, in the center or below the center?
  5. Bright/Blurred/Dark: Is the picture bright, blurred or dark?
  6. Life-sized/Larger/Smaller: Is the picture life-sized, larger than life or smaller than life?
  7. Distance: How distant from you is the picture?
  8. Fast/Slow: Is the moving fast, at a moderate speed or slowly?
  9. Specific Perspective: Is there always a specific element in focus?
  10. Internal/External: Are you part of the picture, or are you observing the scene from the outside?
  11. Framed/Panorama: Does the picture have a frame around it, or is it a panorama?
  12. 3-D/2-D: Is the picture two- or three-dimensional?
  13. Special Color: Is there a color that makes the greatest impression on you?
  14. Own perspective: Are you looking at the scene from above, from below, from one side, etc.?
  15. Specific Trigger: Are there any other stimuli that cause strong feelings in you?

Kinesthetic submodalities

  1. Temperature Change: Does a change in temperature occur? Hot or cold?
  2. Surface Structure: Has the surface structure changed? Rough or smooth? Hard or soft?
  3. Rigid/Flexible: Does it feel rigid or flexible?
  4. Vibration: Can vibrations be felt?
  5. Pressure: Has the pressure increased or decreased?
  6. Source of Pressure: From where did the pressure originate?
  7. Tension/Relaxation: Has the tension or relaxation increased?
  8. Movement: Can movement be discerned? If yes, in what direction and at what speed?
  9. Breathing: What breathing technique? When did it begin/end?
  10. Weight: Heavy or light?
  11. Constant/Sporadic: Are the feeling constant, or do they arise at intervals?
  12. Change of Size/Form: Has the size or the form changed?
  13. Direction: Are the feelings flowing into or out of the body?
  14. Specific Trigger: Are there any other stimuli that cause strong feelings in you?


The mode of action of submodalities can be experienced only in exercises. Please do these exercises if you want to learn more about submodalities.

Destroying images

Threatening inner visual images can be destroyed, thus losing their scary or frightening effect. Destroying Images.

Destroying auditory representations

Everybody carries around inner voices that do not always say nice things. Using the techniques presented here, you can rid yourself of these inner voices in a fun way. Destroying auditory representations.

The Chocolate Pattern

A pattern for something that you do not like to do but have to do with more motivation. The Chocolate Pattern.

Changing a belief

A strategy for getting rid of limiting beliefs and adopt new beliefs. Changing a belief.

Worst Enemy

Using this technique, you can shrink your Worst Enemy in size so that he/she is no longer threatening.

Swish technique

The Swish technique helps to remove annoying habits and build strong, positive motivation.