This technique neurologically depotentiates threat/defence/fear memories by converting them from field memory to observer memory. It can seem a little strange but it works great. It’s:

  • a systematisation of a natural human process
  • teachable, performable and efficacious in minutes
  • at least 30 years old
  • unknown to the medical system
  • variously named

On This Page

  • Example 1: Richard Bandler
  • Example 2: John Grinder
  • Example 3: Steve Andreas
  • Example 4: Nigel Hetherington
  • Instructions: David Muss
  • Instructions: Andrew Austin
  • Theory: Richard Bolstad
  • Instructions: Research and Recognition Project
  • Instructions: Alan Jones
  • Instructions: David Gould
  • Instructions: The Human Givens Institute

Example 1: Richard Bandler

(10 mins)


Example 2: John Grinder

(12 mins)


Example 3: Steve Andreas

(9 mins)

(4 mins)

I still can’t believe that’s all it took to fix that. I’m still, to this day, just amazed that it was so totally gone in such a short period of time. I couldn’t believe that by doing this movie thing, that was all there was to it. There was no reaction whatsoever after 25 years. It is one of the most phenomenal things I have ever experienced in my entire lifetime.


Example 4: Nigel Hetherington

(3 mins)

(7 mins)

(7 mins) 4:25: “come up to the projection booth”

(2 mins)


Instructions: David Muss

(14 mins)

… the original technique was by Bandler and Grinder, devised to treat phobias. I decided to try this out for PTSD and published the first work done on PTSD (with police followed for two years) with the technique and named it the Rewind. Since then it has been considerably modified, pared down, and also adapted to onlookers and rescue services where the technique is quite different.

(His comment on his other video)


Instructions: Andrew Austin

(8 mins)


Theory: Richard Bolstad

Reconsolidation As An Observer

Another important memory distinction in memory is the difference between Observer memory (distanced memory where the rememberer sees themselves in the memory event - what NLP calls dissociated) and Field memory (where the rememberer re-experiences the memory from inside their body - what NLP calls associated). …

In his neurological research on observer memory and its effect, David Schachter noted that accessing a memory using observer memory removes emotional response and consequently the person will claim that the original event must have had less emotional significance. He was able to point out that Sigmund Freud already commented on this benefit of observer memory 100 years ago. Freud noticed that his clients remembered their disturbing childhood memories this way … Freud called these observer memories “Screen memories” because they screen us from disturbing memories of our childhood. … In NLP there are several processes which utilise this reconsolidation of memories as observed “movies”. …

This distancing is the basis of the famous NLP phobia-trauma process, which rehearses the brain to reconsolidate a memory as an observer experience by having the client visualise the event happening on a movie screen..

Dr Richard Bolstad
Memory Reconsolidation: A New Metaphor For NLP Work


Instructions: Research and Recognition Project

THE PROTOCOL (RTM)


Instructions: Alan Jones

Fast Phobia Protocol

Example (bad sound):


Instructions: David Gould

Understanding the Fast Phobia Cure


Instructions: The Human Givens Institute

The ‘rewind’ technique

The fast cure for phobia and trauma: evidence that it works