WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR HEAD?
How do you envisage the world and more especially, your world?
Well, here’s a short exercise to give you a clue.
Take a sheet of paper and divide it into five columns, like this:
SEE HEAR FEEL SMELL TASTE
Then read each of the words in the list below and identify how you first represent it in your mind. Do you SEE the thing or SEE the word? Do you HEAR the sound the thing makes or HEAR the word being spoken? Do you FEEL the thing, either physically or emotionally? Do you SMELL it? Do you TASTE it? Write the word in the appropriate column.
RAIN SILK ONION MOBILE PHONE RADIO TELEPHONE LEEK
RAP VENUS RIVER BUS SAND TULIP LEATHER
COD DOG TRAIN BABY FRIEND YOURSELF SPAIN
LONDON POLITICS LEARNING ENGLISH YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER
MATHS THE PAST UNIVERSITY LAS FIESTAS DEL PILAR
How did you get on? Did you have more words in one column or two columns than in the others? Did the exercise confirm any ideas you have about how you conceive yourself? Were you surprised?
Of course, this simple task cannot confirm any conclusions but it should give you a pretty good idea about your intuitive sense of how you represent the world. Most people will differ in their results and there are no right or wrong conclusions to be reached. We all have what in NLP is called a preferred representational system when we imagine or remember. External experience registers in the brain just as internal representation does. We frequently do both almost simultaneously so it’s not always easy to identify what’s going on at any one time. Some can use two or more systems. For example Kandinsky, the Russian painter, could see sounds and hear colours in his head!!!
Happy English learning!!