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Resolve compulsive patterns; the acts that a person feels compelled to do, despite knowing better. This can include addiction, blurting out thing you thought only your parents would say, eating comfort food, switching on the television when you have paperwork to do, and many other behaviors. 

Because it is much harder to change a compulsive behavior once your drive has reached a high level, this technique is an opportunity to prevent the behavior before your drive becomes too strong, by helping you become aware of it on a more subtle level, before it is strong. It weakens the connection between the drive and the triggers that activate it, and replaces it with a constructive drive.

Create a “map” of physical locations the states.

Choose physical locations for (A) “Must,” (B) “Desire,” (C) “?,” and (D) “Creative Choice.”

Step into the “Must” position.

Choose a compulsive behavior. 

Physically stand in the “Must” location. 

Experience the feelings you have when you do the behavior. 

What does it feel like when you “MUST” express the compulsive behavior?

Step backward to the “Desire” position.

Move to the “Desire” position by physically stepping backward. This spot is the feeling that you have just before “Must” breaks into your awareness.

Step backward into the “?” position (the trigger)

Step back again, this time to the “?” position. This is the trigger that comes just before (B), “Desire.” 

You may not have been aware of it before, but it is a feeling that triggers the “Desire.” 

It may include thoughts, and the feelings or thoughts may be triggered by a situation, such as the smoker who always lights up in their car.

Get clear on the sub-modalities involved in “?”

Notice the sub-modalities that are most influential in increasing the intensity of (C). Discover which sub-modalities decrease the “?” feeling.

Step into “Creative Choice.”

Step into the “Creative Choice” location. Attend to the feelings that stem from this state. 

You may have experienced this state while exploring the sub-modalities that decrease the “?” feeling. 

You can think of other “Creative Choice” experiences as well. Notice which sub-modalities have little or no impact.

a. Get clear on the sub-modalities. 

Experience the sub-modalities that give the most gusto to your “Creative Choice” feeling. 

Notice which have no impact.

b. Notice the sub-modalities shared with “?” 

Notice which of the sub-modalities intensified “?” and “Creative Choice.”

Do sub-modality-work in the “?” position.

Return to your “?” spot. 

Elicit the strengthening sub-modality for “?” (e.g. bright and big), as well as the one that reduced the intensity of “Creative Choice.” Notice how this creates a sort of pull into your “Desire” location. 

Gradually intensify the “Creative Choice” sub-modality. If it is dim and small, it will become bright and large. 

At the same time, slowly reduce the intensity of the sub-modality for “?”  

Keep going until their intensities have completely reversed. 

“?” is now low intensity, and “Creative Choice” is high intensity. 

As you do this, move from your “?” spot into the “Creative Choice” spot.

Repetitions of step 7.

STEP out of “Creative choice” and repeat step seven as quickly as you can. 

Repeat this process at least five times.

Test your results by stepping back into the “?” spot and discovering which direction you find yourself wanting to move toward. 

Notice what occurs when you attempt to return to your prior compulsive feelings and behavior.