What triggers unwanted behaviours?

Triggers unwanted behaviours

What triggers are there for unwanted behaviours?

Triggers are what set a sequence of behaviour off and also the sequence of things that happen in your mind at an unconscious level to lead to an outcome.

There are so many unwanted behaviours including procrastination, doubting yourself, withdrawing from people, being irritable and argumentative, drinking alcohol, binge eating, comfort eating the list is endless.

People’s unwanted behaviour will be personal to them. So what is an unwanted behaviour for one person may not be unwanted for another person.

In this week’s Prescription for Success I discuss the triggers for unwanted behaviours and  give you some tips from an NLP perspective on how you can change these behaviours.

NLP Strategies

Every behaviour has what we call a strategy in NLP where there is a trigger.  The trigger will be something that you see, something that you hear or something that you say to yourself which will set of a sequences of things in your brain that will lead to a specific behaviour.

For example

I used to have a behaviour where I’d see the clock at 6pm and I’d look at the fridge and say to myself it’s time for a glass of wine and I’d go and have a glass of wine. So, that’s a sequence of events that I used to do.

It is possible to interrupt these sequence of events and get a different sequence of events and hence a different behaviour. If you are interested in learning more about this from a coaching or professional level or would like to know more for yourself then we cover NLP strategies on my NLP courses. 

The other thing about unwanted behaviours which is really interesting is that every behaviour has a positive intention and has a purpose. People don’t do behaviours for reason there is always a purpose for them therefore every behaviour has a positive intention for the person who is doing it.

If you think about any triggers for unwanted behaviour that you might have then you’ll start to notice those triggers at a conscious level and you could start to change those.

You could also ask yourself what are you getting out of the behaviour?  It might to seem obvious to start with, when I ask people this they can’t often identify the intention of a behaviour but quite often it’s about protection.

For example

If you were to withdraw from a discussion you are probably doing that to protect yourself in some way and this would give you some sort of security and that security might give you happiness and the happiness might give you the ability to live your life to the full.

From a NLP perspective we call this chunking up and by doing this you get to the real positive intention for the behaviour so what you might get out of it then what else you might get out of it.  Then you can ask yourself what might you want to do instead?

This is all about awareness raising so once you know the trigger and the purpose for that behaviour and what you’d rather do instead then at a conscious level you actually make some changes.

If you can’t make those changes then just get in touch I do a free half hour where we can explore what is going on and at an unconscious level we can change things really quickly.

So if you’ve been doing something for a long time and you don’t want to do it then get in touch. If you want to learn how to do it with other people then come on an NLP Course. 

Until Next Week

Dr Bridget

 

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