Getting Specific Kinds of responses

Here are a few types of questions you could ask to get specific kinds of responses.

Visual Remembered Pictures

How many windows are there in your house? What is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning? What did your boyfriend or girlfriend look like when you were sixteen? Which is the darkest room in your house? Which of your friends has the shortest hair? What was the color of your first bicycle? What was the smallest animal you saw on your last trip to the zoo? What was the color of your first teacher’s hair? Think of all the different colors in your bedroom.

Visual Constructed:

How would you look if you had three eyes? Imagine a policeman with a lion’s head and a rabbit’s tail, with the wings of an eagle. Imagine the skyline of your city going up in wisps of smoke. Can you see yourself with golden hair?

Auditory Remembered:

What was the first thing you said today? What was the first thing someone said to you today? Name one of your favorite songs from when you were younger. What sounds of nature do you like best? What’s the seventh word in the Pledge of Allegiance? What’s the ninth word in the song Mary Had a Little Lamb? Sing to yourself The Rose. Listen in your mind to a small waterfall on a quiet summer day. Listen in your mind to your favorite song. Which door in your house slams the loudest? Which is softest, the slam of your car door or the slam of your trunk lid? Who of your acquaintances has the pleasantest voice?

Auditory Constructed:

If you could ask any question of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F Kennedy, what question would you ask? What would you say if someone asked you how we could eliminate the possibility of nuclear war? Imagine the sound of a car horn becoming that of a flute.

Auditory Internal Dialogue:

Repeat this question to yourself on the inside: What’s most important to me in my life now.

Kinesthetic Words:

Imagine the feeling of ice melting in your hand. How did you feel this morning just after you got out of bed? Imagine the feeling of a block of wood changing to silk. How cold was the ocean last time you tested it? Which carpet in your house is the softest? Imagine settling down to a nice hot bath. Think of what it would feel like to slide your hand over a rough piece of bark onto a soft, cool piece of moss.

If, for example, a person’s eyes go up to the left, he just pictured something from his memory. If they now go toward the left ear, he listened to something. When the eyes go down to the right, the person is accessing the kinesthetic part of his representational system.

In the same way, if you’re having a difficult time remembering something, it’s probably because you are not placing your eyes in a position that gives your clear access to the information you need. If you’re trying to remember something you saw a few days ago, looking down to the right will not help you see that image. However, if you look up to the left, you’ll discover that you’ll be able to remember the information rapidly. Once you know where to look information stored in your brain, you’ll be able to get to it quickly and easily. (For about 5 –10 percent of people, the direction of these accessing cues will be reversed. See if you find a left handed friend or an ambidextrous person with reversed accessing cues).

Other aspects of people’s physiologies give us clues about their modes. When people are breathing high in their chest, they’re thinking visually. When breathing is even, from the diaphragm or the whole chest, they’re in an auditory mode. Deep breathing low in the stomach indicates kinesthetic accessing. Observe three people breathing, and note the rate and location of their breathing.

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