NLP – Eye Accessing Cues: Get Inside Someone’s Mind

Jamie Smart from Salad Ltd demonstrating eye accessing cues and gestures. This is a great tool for helping people work out how they are dealing with certain issues. Is it an image, sound or feeling? Are they remembering something or constructing something? Once you’ve figured that part out you can move on to tackle the problem. For example is someone using internal dialogue for good or to beat themselves up? Are they constructing negative images that are holding them back? This clip was taken from Salad’s NLP Practitioner Course 2006. The next NLP Practitioner starts in November, for more information go to

18. June 2011 by Admin
Categories: NLP | Tags: , , , , | 24 comments

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  1. I am right handed, but my cues are reversed. I wonder if that means anything about me? Has any research done on what the exceptions mean (neurologically or whatever)?

  2. This blog really helped me understand this. It’s one of the best blogs I’ve seen in this area. Just thought it’d help anyone else who’s interested.


  3. when u say “look up” u mean with the all face
    or just the eyes

  4. Its like doing martial arts. if a fist is 1 millimeter infront of your face and about to hit you, you can just take it and hit while they think they got you.

    NLP doesnt just have visual cues, obviously you missed something before then. But if its that late you can just take their behaviour and use it.
    Anchor it and give it back to them, would be my idea, but i guess theres much more you can do and much more that the guys from Salad NLP will explain in their courses.

  5. what happens if they look straight at you, and laugh in your face?

  6. Im not having a go at people who think deeply about stuff. Im all for that, especially in times where the majority of people seem like zombies in front of TV.
    must dash… x factor is coming on in a mo. ;o)

  7. You might have something there in your infinite wisdom.

  8. just a thought but I think that it just naturally evolved that way… back when we lived in the woods, when you looked around at the mountains, the trees, the horizon (or your mammuth wife ;o)), you looked up… when you hear something, it mostly comes from the sides (that’s why we don’t have ears under the chin or up on the head) and when you feel in pain, depressed and are thoughtful, it mostly comes from your lower organs… just a though of me, as I said :o)

  9. Good work. For the record, for over 85% of right handed people and over 65% of left handed people, the left brain is dominant for language and therefore, your information about right side versus left side, down or up, is most accurate. As I know that you know. when there is the exception of 15% right handed and 35% left handed, we simply reverse the information you presented. Of course, you can test it out with the right questions. I, like you, knew this but for others, this may be of help.

  10. not always. anyone can have mixed modalaties

  11. not exactly, some of this is based on how we read, from left to right.

    i wouldnt say that all this is 100% accurate but its still useful

  12. yes it does matter if you are left handed, you should reverse all this 🙂

  13. What’s the basis of “knowing” that the direction a person’s looking to leads to the kinds of things he’s thinking? I mean, empirically.

  14. Yes you are right left handed people are usually the opposite

  15. no all same for everyone but if someone is not properly senced u could practice to see if there proper or inproper

  16. Dominance of one hand or the other doesn’t necessarily mean that these cues will be reversed. However, it IS possible to test and quickly questions that use these three representational systems. EG to test visual memory you could ask “what did you have for dinner last night” and note the eye movement. To test for visual construction you could ask “what would a zebra look like with green and yellow stripes”.

  17. (shhhhhhh007) good question.

  18. Does whether you are left or right handed change the areas? Should you reverse this for a left handed person, or does it make no difference? Think I read somewhere that when you imagine a positive(or negative) memory your hand dominance has a bearing?

  19. (Butterfly) Great stuff I am learning with each video I am modelling Jamie

  20. talk about greay easy to remember NLP techniques!!

  21. Interesting that Jamie isn’t as pedantic about all this as many NLP teachers! Fascinating stuff! Especially the gestures fitting in with the directional cues.

  22. I like the bit where you say its not true but its another useful rule of thumb. Thank God for Ericksonian hypnotic language. I don’t know exactly how. . . but it works for a lot of people. ;0)

  23. Interesting… haven’t seen the stuff on gestures before.

  24. More interesting pearls of wisdom 😉 Thanks.

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