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Changing values

In the NLP Master Practitioner we pay attention to:
  • Becoming aware of your unconscious values
  • Understanding your personal values ​​hierarchy
These insights provide that you can more easily make decisions and resolve conflicts easier.

If you would like to change your values​​, you could do that because there is:

Incongruence within a value

It may occur that within a value incongruity occurs. This means that there is still an unresolved emotion in a value, which will cost a lot of energy. For example, Earning money is an important value for you, however, you find the motivation direction is avoiding (read the article about motivation styles). You might not want to be poor because you have a negative SEE (significant emotional event) on this value. Time Line TherapyTMis a suitable technique to control this situation of the avoidant (unprocessed) emotion.

Waarden incongruence within value

Incongruence between 2 values

It is also possible that incongruity occurs between two values.
For example, you want to make money with your business but you also want to enjoy your freedom. You will experience friction between these two values ​​(Money - Freedom) and this takes lots of energy. Parts Integration (Visual squash) is a suitable technique for this situation to achieve changes these values in an opposite direction.
(Chunk up to the highest positive intention).

Incongruence between values

Change the place in values ​​hierarchy

You can also discover that you want to change your value hierarchy. For example: You might want to make the value "Money" (in your work context) more important, or you might want to make the value "Intimacy" more important (in context relationship.


If you want to make changes in your current value hierarchy, first make sure that the following two conditions are met:

  1. Ensure that the mismatches within the values are resolved.
  2. )Make sure that any conflicts, mismatches between values are resolved.

Only when your list is congruent, is it really ecological justified to make a change in the hierarchy of values.
You can now do two things:

  1. Place a value that is already in the hierarchy, further up / down.
  2. Place a value in the hierarchy which is not included in the hierarchy.

Since the first 5 values play the biggest part in the control of your behavior, it makes sense that you place new values in the top 5, however not at number 1! This is due to the ecology.

How does the process work?

  1. Decide what value you want to place in the hierarchy.
  2. Determine where in the hierarchy you want to have the value.
  3. Determine from the value in the place above (value A) the submodalities. The submodalities are the critical variables for the way you personally experience a certain value.
  4. Determine the the submodalities of the value to be placed (value B).
  5. Determine the difference between the submodalities with a(contrast analysis) and replace the submodalities of value B with the values of A (mapping across). You bring the submodalities over but not quite the same! There should be a small difference, such that there is a difference in the importance value A with respect to the new value B.
  6. Check whether the ecology is okay ("do all parts agree?").
  7. Set the value in the new value hierarchy, for example, with the aid of the sound of a car door slamming (observe whether this specific sound s appropriate to the world model of the person).

Summarised: Where you want to place the new value, you determine the value that is directly above the submodalities. So if you want to place the new value at number 3, then the value of number 2 the reference value.

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