In NLP Auditory is one part of the Representational System. In NLP Auditory break down into two general parts; Internal and External. An example of Internal Auditory is remembering how your favourite song sounds like, remembering your favourite family member talks. There are legions more. Just say only the alphabet inside your mind and you have a great example of Auditory Internal.

Some Examples to start with

Examples of Auditory External are:

  • Listening to the radio,
  • Listening to the person you have a great conversation with.
  • Listening to yourself
  • Talking to yourself

So every audio word that comes from the inside is called Auditory Internal. Every audio that comes from the outside, we call in NLP Auditory External. In other words, NLP Auditory is relating to sounds or the sense of sounds. Hence, in NLP Auditory can be referred to as Audio.

Now, a lot of articles on the internet associate the Audio part of the Representational System with Eye Accessing Cues. Which in the basis is true, but there is more to tell about.

Read the following words as an example for what we are about to tell you:

  • hear, silence, hush, make music, harmonise, quiet as a mouse, sound,
  • sounds like music, tell, squeak, melody, deaf, tune in/out, voiced an opinion,
  • listen, roar, rings a bell, resonate, clear as a bell, purrs like a kitten,
  • on another note, loud and clear, give me your ear.

As you already notice, all of these are examples of the Audio part of the Representational System in NLP.

 

Some exercises for today

As an exercise you can start to listen to the language an other person outputs. What is he or she talking about? Is this person talking in Audio mode? And if yes, check if their eyes move accordingly. See what happens when you start talking back in Audio mode, to build up Rapport. And even more interesting, what happens if you answer in another part of the Representational System? Your job is to investigate. As one of our teachers used to say: “Be that nutty professor”. As a result, see what works for you and see what does not.

Another exercise is to make lists of Audio words. Consequently, exercise your recognition for the words that come to you. And when you have a hundred or maybe more, start to classify them in Internal and External experiences. Last but not least, as a highly subjective experience and exercise; are those words Remembered or Constructed?  In conclusion, remember that the quicker you are with this tool, the more it becomes useful in your daily life!

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