Pictures, sounds, feelings? NLP for dog owners

Neurolinguistic Programming, or NLP, is a field of applied psychology that examines internal experience. It explores how our senses shape our thoughts and feelings: some people are highly Visual, some are more Auditory, and some are Kinesthetic. Each person uses all sensory systems but tends to prefer one over the others.

If you close your eyes and think about your dog, does a picture of him immediately come to mind? Do you remember the rough feeling of his fur or cold nose? Do you hear the sound of an excited bark?

Knowing your own primary sensory system helps you to better understand how you experience thinking creatures such as dogs and humans. We all create for ourselves a unique representation of “reality” (notice the quote marks around the word), and by learning how others take in and offer information, we can learn to “speak their language.”

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