human mind internally organizes and subjectively attaches meaning to events.
It does this through
taking an experience and making sequences of internal representations
- visual/images, auditory/sounds, kinesthetic/feelings, olfactory/smells
and gustatory/taste - VAKOG
all have differing preferences for processing information.
representation systems include:
"I see what you are saying" indicates focus on visual imagery,
"That sounds good to me" has a focus on auditory input
doesn't feel right" indicates focus on kinesthetics
Representational systems and submodalities are used in the process of NLP therapeutic work
People usually have two preferred input systems - visual and kinethsetic or auditory and kinethsetic.
Advanced Modal patterns
As a former research affiliate of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT, Dawna Markova's model of sensory modalities enhances the NLP model. In her book Dawna Markova. (1996) The Open Mind: Exploring the 6 Patterns of Natural Intelligence. Berkeley, California: Conari Press. she examines in detail how people utilise their sensory modalities. She has discovered that people learn and interact in radically different ways depending on how they process that information at different conscious levels.
If visual is used by your conscious representation system, your subconscious mind will process either auditorily or kinesthetically, but not visually. If you use V and A for conscious and subconscious processing, your unconscious will use the third modality, K, making your Markova stack VAK. There are six possible combinations: VAK, VKA, AKV, AVK, KVA, and KAV.
How a person uses each modality depends on whether it's their conscious, subconscious, or unconscious representation system. Attending to a particular modality tends to shift people to the corresponding type of processing conscious, subconscious, or unconscious and from alertness into trance.
Steven Heller referring to the work of Paul Bakan in his book Monsters and Magic Sticks 2006 believes that we have unconscious input systems (eye movements) and additional potentially differing output systems (speech) based on our unique representation systems.
He believed that if the systems were incongruent then this could be central to resolving personal issues and blocks
Paul Bakan in his paper Hypnotizability Laterality of Eye Movements and Functional Brain Asymmetry 1969 tested a hypothesis that there is a relationship between lateral eye movements and hypnotizability. People who move their eyes to the left when answering a question were proven to be more hynotizable than those who moved them to the right.. This, he belived, suggested that the area responsible for hypnotisability is located in the right hemisphere of the brain.
Based on the later work of Richard Bandler who proposed that those who move their eyes to the left are in fact internally constructing new visual or auditory material, it is therefore likely that people with imagination are those most likely to be hynotisable.