This technique is used to stop the uncontrolled remembering (phobic reactions, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks) of threat-, defence-, fear-, trauma memories. 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 and performed
It works by triggering the reconsolidation of field memory to observer memory. This neurologically depotentiates the field memory so the associated emotional charge vanishes. All the information is retained in the observer memory so there’s no memory loss and, often, more information comes to awareness. There’s no need to talk about or re-experience anything because no knowledge of the field memory is required beyond the person who holds it.
Examples, theory and instructions below. If you’d like me to walk you through it, say hello.
Top photo by Osman Rana
Example 1: Richard Bandler
Example 2: John Grinder
Example 3: Steve Andreas
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
(7 mins) 4:25: “come up to the projection booth”
Theory: Richard Bolstad
Observer memory (distanced memory where the rememberer sees themselves in the memory event …) and Field memory (where the rememberer re-experiences the memory from inside their body
accessing a memory using observer memory removes emotional response … Sigmund Freud already commented on this benefit of observer memory 100 years ago.
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.. In his book “The Trauma Trap”, Dr David Muss MD documents his extensive use of this NLP Trauma Process with victims of PTSD: A policeman involved in the Hillsborough soccer disaster describes how his flashbacks (sudden horrific memories of the trauma), insomnia and alcohol abuse disappeared after two sessions. A patient (Barbara Drake) tells how one session with Dr Muss completely resolved flashbacks and other symptoms resulting from a sexual abuse experience. … Muss did a pilot study with 70 members of the West Midlands Police Force … 19 qualified as having PTSD. … after an average of three sessions they were completely free of intrusive memories and other PTSD symptoms. Follow-up ranged from 3 months to 2 years, and all gains were sustained over that time.
Dr Richard Bolstad
Memory Reconsolidation: A New Metaphor For NLP Work
Instructions: David Muss
… 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.
Source: His comment on his other video
Instructions: Andrew Austin
Instructions: Research and Recognition Project
Instructions: Alan Jones
Example (bad sound):
- Fast Phobia Elimination Part1 (4 mins)
- Fast Phobia Elimination Part 2 of 5 (4 mins)
- Fast Phobia Elimination Part3 (5 mins)
- Fast Phobia Elimination Part4 (6 mins)
- Fast Phobia Elimination Part5 (3 mins)
Instructions: David Gould
Instructions: The Human Givens Institute
Photo by Conner Murphy
Sometimes you never realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.