When a client has a significant difference between their present state and the desired state, or too much of a transition for a two-step process, or the Anchor will not fire through because the present state is a ‘stuck’ state, Chaining Anchors can be an effective technique.
The keys in chain design are as follows:
Choose two widely separate steps, involving a “stuck”, present state and a desired state. ‘How would you like to feel instead’.
No more than five steps (ideally four).
The first intermediate step is probably an “away from”, to take the person out of stuck state.
The next intermediate step should take the client “towards” the end state.
The states should have movement. (e.g. Satisfaction, Understanding has no movement). “What would it take to get you off of (state)?” Or, “What would it take to get you off of (state) to (next state)?”
The states should be sufficiently strong to move the client onto the next state.
Steps not too far apart.
Should be ecological, (No strongly negative emotions such as anger, sadness, fear/panic, guilt, resentment, jealousy).
Then states should be self-initiated and available NOW. (e.g. ‘waiting for feedback’ is neither self-initiated nor available now.
Should not be the strategy currently run.
Try the chain on yourself – would it/could it work?
Client identifies a situation coming up which they are nervous/anxious about or not looking forward to.
As Client associates into this experience, Practitioner asks what personal recourses Client would need in this situation in order to deal with it successfully. Aim for 3 or 4 and note in Client’s exact words.
For each of the resources required Practitioner directs Client to remember a time in the past where the had this resource. See what you saw, hear what you heard, notice what you noticed and feel what you felt. As Client fully accesses this state, Client steps into the circle and sets their own Kinaesthetic Anchor. Client releases Anchor and steps back out of the circle when the state wanes.
After Anchoring each of the required resources in the circle, Practitioner then takes Client back into the circle (ask client to fire their Anchor), this time seeing themselves in the future situation with these resources. Ask the client to notice what they’re doing differently now. If any further resources are required, repeat step #3 until a really positive state is available to Client, as Client thinks about their future.
Also use ‘Ring of Power’ – similar to ‘Circle of Excellence’ and ‘Resource Anchoring’.
INTENSITY of the experience. An Anchor should be applied when the client is fully associated in an intense state. The more intense the experience, the better the Anchor will stick.
TIMING of the Anchor. When you see the beginning of the state, apply the Anchor. When you see the state reach its peak, let it go. This can typically from five to fifteen seconds. (see ‘Application of the Anchor’ below)
UNIQUENESS of the stimulus. A handshake, although it is an Anchor, may be too common. The Anchor must be in a unique location that will not be accidentally or inadvertently touched.
REPLICABILITY of the stimulus. Can you easily fire the Anchor in situations when you will need it?
NUMBER of times. Repetition of the stimulus, the number of times the stimulus is applied. The more often the Anchor is repeated and reinforced in the same way (i.e. ‘stacked’), the more powerful will be the Anchor.