Eye Accessing Cues

Calibration Neurotoy

This program tunes your eye-access calibration skills. When you click Show, The Guru will access several rep systems. Track his eyes, and make mental note of the strategy.

Click Answer to test yourself, Next to see a new strategy, and Again to see the strategy again. Click the picture to change the face.

This applet was provided by the generosity and creativity of Michal J. Wallace. This and his site may be found at www.manifestation.com. Thanks, Michal, you're a saint!

Eye accessing cues are not new, they've been known since the 50s, possibly before. They've probably been known about by our unconscious minds for as long as we've had eyes!

Explained quickly, our eyes look to different areas when we process different types of internal data. Since our internal representations are all made up of images, words and sounds, feelings, sensations, tastes and smells, our eyes tend to move to different locations when we are thinking in one of these modalities.

Have you ever asked a question of someone, and they said "Hmmm, let's see", and they looked up and to their left? Most everyone can remember some time that they have had that experience- it's very common for people to make internal visual representations in order to generate an answer to a question, especially if it requires a picture to answer.

Some communications can presuppose a specific type of internal representation. If you ask someone a question like "How many windows can you see on the front of your house", they will almost have to make a picture of the house in their mind's eye, and then they'll count them. If you watch where their eyes go when they do this, you have successfully "calibrated" to that person's eye accessing cue for a visual-constructed internal image.

Calibration is essential in the use of eye-accessing cues. There is a rule-of-thumb that states that about 80% of us will look up and right to construct an internal image, up and left to remember an image or scene, down and to the left when we talk to ourselves in our heads, down and to the right when we are engrossed in a feeling. We also tend to look laterally to our left when we remember a sound, like a song from our earlier years, and laterally to our right when we imagine what something might sound like. BUT!!! This is only a way of introducing eye-access patterns. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN PARTICULAR set of accessing cues!!! If you rely on a rule-of-thumb, you'll be significantly wrong a significant number of times, usually when it matters most!. Calibrate to someone first by asking them questions that presuppose a certain type of internal representation. Then, when they're talking about something that matters, you'll know how they're representing that material to themselves internally, and it will give you a more respectful way of communicating with them, by meeting them at their model of the world. Eye accessing cues are also very important in Strategy Elicitation. Read more about Eye Accessing Cues in the book "Frogs into Princes".

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