In NLP Kinesthetic is one part of the Representational System. In NLP Kinesthetic break down into two general parts; Internal and External. Examples of Internal feelings are feeling happy, grateful and joy. In conclusion you will find legions more. Examples of External feelings are; feeling the wind on your skin, feeling the sun on your skin. So every feeling that comes from the inside is called Kinesthetic Internal and every feeling that comes from the outside, we call in NLP Kinesthetic External.
Now, a lot of articles associate the Kinesthetic part of the Representational System with Eye Accessing Cues, which in the basis is true, but there is more to tell about. Read the following words as an example for what we are about to tell you:
- Grasp, feel, catch on, unfeeling, smooth operator, heated argument
- throw out, pull some strings, concrete, firm foundation, get a handle on
- hard, sharp as a tack, scrape, get hold of, solid, touch, soft, tap into
- make contact, get in touch with, hand in hand, hang in there
As you already notice, all of these are examples of the Kinesthetic part of the Representational System.
Consequently, as an exercise you can start to listen to the language an other person outputs. What is he or she talking about? Is this person talking in Kinesthetic mode? And if yes, check if their eyes move accordingly. Feel what happens when you start talking back in Kinesthetic mode, to build up Rapport. And even more interesting, what happens if you answer in another part of the Representational System?
Your job is to investigate. As one of our teachers used to say: “Be that nutty professor”. Feel what works and see what does not.
Another exercise is to make lists of Kinesthetic words. It is especially relevant to exercise your recognition for the words that come to you. And when you have a hundred or maybe more, start to classify them in Internal and External experiences. Especially relevant remember that the quicker you are with this tool, the more it becomes useful in your daily life!
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