Originally Posted by m18pak
Ilya, PLEASE TELL ME HOW YOU CAME BY THIS ABILITY, and I will forever count you among my dearest and closest.
*Putting on my mod cap*
Paraphrasing Al Capone one can say that: "You can get much further with a kind word and capitalizing it than you can with a kind word alone."
I humbly disagree. Please, try to use capitalized text only if it is absolutely necessary which is about never.
*Taking off my mod cap*
To tell how did I come by this ability would require me to retell the large portion of the NLP Master-practitioner course plus a couple of extra seminars. It is beyond the word limit even for my voluminous posts. To make it short, first you have to notice that all types of thinking are present in your mind. I've never met a person who did not use all of them. Visual, aural, kinesthetic. The problem is we are used to one of them and have better skill with it.
But as everything in our brain, this skill can be practiced.
The key is to start noticing these images, sounds and feelings. Once something is inside our conscious attention we can control it.
I'd sit and play with my internal movies - take snapshots, resize, change color, hue, saturation, distort proportions and so on.
The same for sound and feelings.
To be able to stay in a certain mode for a long time I change my body parameters to the ones typical for the people with one or another mental type. Posture, gesticulation, tone of voice, eye movements, breathing type. Once you get it right it even becomes difficult not to be, say, kinesthetic.
Unless, of course, when you say you can "switch" you mean for ten minutes or so.
Oh no!, I will not become your dearest and closest
But maybe I still have a chance.
How long a switch you would consider worthwhile? 20 minutes? Hours? Days?
By switching I mean that I can switch whenever I like and for whatever time I need. I usually do not need more than a few minutes, or dozens of minutes at the very maximum. It all depends on the purpose. If I'm memorizing something I go completely visual, but I need to do it sometimes for a fraction of a second.
If i prepare a speech, I'd better stay in the aural mode and it can take a couple of hours or more to polish a speech. However, I would also have a bit of visual to mentally lay out the non-linear structure of the speech at the same time.
If I have sex, I go to "all feelings" mode and with your permission I will not comment on how long does it last
For me being able to switch fast is more important than to be able to stay in a certain mode for hours. There are very few tasks that require staying in one state for hours. Quite opposite, if you've found the right mental state for a task it takes progressively less time. That's the whole point, isn't it?