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Look into someone’s left eye for them to listen better, right to remember?


Look into someone's left eye for them to listen better, right to remember?

Has anyone heard anything about this, and what's the tinking behind it, please?

(I can only think that My face would be more on Their past/memory side if I look at their right eye, and on Their future/imagining side to help them listen by imagining the consequences of what I say?)

Mike Leibling

7 Responses

  1. Right Brain / Left Brain
    We are all psychologists – we’ll give it a go. Please telephone PMSL on 0181 870-0760 if you are UK based or e-mail us at [email protected] with some more information i.e. what do you want to know and why?

  2. Your question refers to a process in NLP
    NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming.
    Looking up to the right (when standing facing someone)someone is accessing a visual memory
    up to the left – accessing a picture they are making up
    sideways to the right – remembering sounds
    sidesways to the left – making up sounds
    down to the right – self-talk
    down to the left – accessing feelings.
    Hope this answers your question – any further info do please contact me.

  3. Left eye/right eye
    Does it make a difference if the person you are talking to is left-handed? I ask because I am left-handed, so I always think of left-handed trainees in my courses and I never know whether I have to reverse things like this for us, or if it is universal…

  4. A wild goose chase?
    I have done an analysis based on the abstracts of 177 research papers which review the verifiable findings on NLP both in general and specifically; eye accessing cues, predicates and representational systems. My findings are as follows:

    A total of 177 research papers were referenced.

    26 research studies were written in a language other than English and I could not analyse them.

    58 research studies were inconclusive, irrelevant to this report or drew no formal conclusions

    The remaining studies often looked at more than one concept of NLP, indeed it would be virtually impossible not to, for example predicates and representational systems were often cited in the same paper, hence some of the studies may appear cited in more than one of the following breakdowns.

    35 research studies looked at the validity of eye accessing cues. Only 8 of these studies (23%) supported the use and legitimacy of eye accessing cues. The rest, 27 (77%) stated that eye accessing cues appeared to have no significant positive or negative impact when utilised in personal interactions.

    32 research studies looked at the validity of predicates. 21 of these studies (66%) found that the use of predicates had little to no influence in building or enhancing rapport. (An interesting observation about predicates however was that two of the studies demonstrated that there was a stronger correlation between personality type and predicates used than there was with any other factor they encountered.)

    36 research studies looked at the concept of representational systems. 29 of these studies (80%) found no bona fide evidence to support the use of representational systems and concluded that they did not appear to play a significant role in communications.

  5. Eye movement as an indicator of preferred thinking
    Some NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)studies suggest that eye movement may be a good indicator of the communication channel a listener may be using;looking up and they are ‘seeing’ a picture in their minds eye (visual preference)looking left or right – making reference to a visual memory or making a new ‘picture’ – eyes level& looking left, they may be remembering something they heard (aural) looking down and to the right they may be drawing on a feeling (kinesthetic)This theory is more commonly used to try to determine the listeners preferred communication ‘style’ – be it Aural, kinesthetic, visual etc (gustatory senses referred to as ‘predicates’ in NLP)in order that the speaker may more effectively aid understanding by modifying his/her own speach patterns – ‘do you see what I’m saying – do you get the picture?’ or ‘do you like the sound of that?’ etc..I haven’t heard of the method you describe, but more research into the works of John Grinder and Richard Bandler (originators of NLP)may throw up more info. (it’s fascinating stuff, even if it doesn’t!)


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