Learning to Listen: NLP

This month, we begin our journey into sound from the Listener’s perspective.

Our brains are amazing biological computers, constantly receiving and analyzing the information we take in with all of our senses, comparing it to known information, determining if it needs to activate our sympathetic nervous system or not, activating the appropriate response and moving onto the next sensory data. All of this is done without any cognition of it, in the blink of an eye.

Many of us are visually oriented, meaning we favor the information we receive from the eyes over the other senses. Neurolinguistic programming tells us that our language can provide us many clues to our sensory orientation.

Today’s exercise is oriented towards learning what our individual sensory orientation is.


Pay attention to the words you choose when you acknowledge understanding. For example, When claiming understanding during a conversation, do you say something like this:

" I see what you're saying"
"I hear what you're saying"
"I feel you"

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Paying attention to the language we use when acknowledging understanding can be a powerful clue into how sensory oriented you are. Many people associate this exercise with your learning style. Do you prefer to read, to hear it, to see it or to experience it?

For the next 24 hours, be mindful of the words you use. This may be a clue as to which of your senses you prefer.

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