Anchoring is a neuro-linguistic programming term for the process by which memory recall, state change or other responses become associated with (anchored to) some stimulus, in such a way that perception of the stimulus (the anchor) leads by reflex to the anchored response occurring. The stimulus may be quite neutral or even out of conscious awareness, and the response may be either positive or negative. They are capable of being formed and reinforced by repeated stimuli, and thus are analogous to classical conditioning.

Basic anchoring involves in essence, the elicitation of a strong congruent experience of a desired state, whilst using some notable stimulus (touch, word, sight) at the time this is most fully realized. In many cases, repetition of the stimulus will reassociate and restore the experience of the state. (Wikipedia)

In this podcast, we introduce the pervasive NLP construct called anchors, and play with several ideas around anchoring. In particular, we categorize anchors by responses:

  • Emotional (the typical NLP anchors)
  • Behavioral
  • Ritual, Cultural

and by triggers:

  • Static
  • Dynamic
  • Environmental anchors
  • Rituals (now as a trigger)

Finally, we discuss applications of anchors of different varieties.

[techtags: NLP, Anchoring, Ritual ]