This week I would like to discuss how anchors are a natural part of all relationships and how that can both help and hinder.
Firstly for those of you not familiar with anchoring I would like to start by providing a definition of anchoring and how it works. Let’s start with a definition from Robert Dilts and Judith Delozier:
“In NLP, ‘anchoring’ refers to the process of associating an internal response with some environmental or mental trigger, so that the response may be quickly, and sometimes covertly, re-accessed.” (Dilts & Delozier, Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP, p29)
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Now let’s break this definition down a little more. Anchoring is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it happens when two seemingly unrelated things become linked in the brain. The links can be something we see, hear, feel, smell or taste.
For example, many of us have songs that we associate with a relationship. The song comes on the radio and suddenly we experience a feeling about that relationship. Hopefully that will be a warm fuzzy feeling however sometimes we have negative anchors. A negative anchor could be a song that reminds us of a painful breakup.
The stimulation of this feeling is automatic once in place. Positive relationship anchors strengthen a relationship while negative ones weaken it. Many of these anchors are outside of our conscious awareness so we may not realise the impact they are having.
Anthony Robbins talks about an example of a negative anchor on one his audio programmes. In this example he talks about what happens when a husband is experience problems at work.
Everyday he leaves work feeling angry and unhappy. While feeling this feeling he walks through the front door and the first thing he sees is his wife’s face. Unknowingly this creates an anchor because this experience is replicated day after day the anchor becomes very strong.
What happens next is where the problem really begins. Imagine the scene, the husband has a good day, he is feeling good and he walks through his front door. What happens? He sees his wife and then feels bad. He doesn’t know why.
Fast forward after repeated experiences of negative feelings being triggered by the sight of his wife the husband is now starting to think he might not love his wife anymore. What is so sad about this is the fact that the issue is not the marriage.
Consider how often this must happen in relationships, where people are having unpleasant experiences in their lives that accidentally get associated with their marriage.
So how do we counter this?
The most important step is self-awareness. We need to stay conscious of our emotions and what is causing them. We need to own our feelings and manage our state before we engage with our partners.
This way we can share our problems with our partners and avoid inappropriately transferring the issue to our relationship. Our partner can then be, as Dr Phil McGraw, describes it “our soft place to fall.”
In addition to this make a point of creating positive anchors in our relationship, about our partner and our lives together. By creating strong positive anchors we are also putting in a safeguard.
This safeguard will automatically collapse negative anchors that we are less aware of. In NLP, collapsing an anchor occurs where one anchor is stronger than another. Both anchors are triggered at the same time and the stronger one wipes out the weaker one. If we naturally have strong positive anchors in our relationship we protect it.
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