This Book … Excellent Example Of A Great Condition Response

condition response

It was a dark and stormy night …

… and the condition response created a wash of memories, thoughts, and feelings over the reader like pounding surf on a stormy beach …

OK, ok, so i’m no Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the not-so-remembered author of that most remembered first sentence of a novel called “Paul Clifford”, but I do know a good condition response when I experience one.

Condition Response = NLP Anchor

And that first sentence is an excellent example of a very effective condition response or Anchor as we call them in NLP.

And chances are, you’re one of the many people who have an instant memory, and feelings, associated with that famous sentence.

Perhaps it brought back fun memories of Snoopy pawing out his novel from atop his dog house? Because, as I recall, cartoonist Charles Schulz made Snoopy start every novel with this cliche condition response line.

Or perhaps you remembered something else, a time long ago in a classroom where you first learned about writing. Or you may have memories of where you were when you read the book, or last heard the line?

You also might repeat the sentence openly, or to yourself, whenever you experience a “dark and stormy night.”

All are prime examples of an effective condition response, Anchor.

This Has Been My Favorite

Of course, they’re also a very important staple in the NLP Training Online and my favorite.

And inherent in the teaching of effectively setting condition response anchors is the question, “how long does an anchor last?”

Well, Lytton’s novel was written in 1830, so … quite a long time in this case.

And just to pique your curiosity, and perhaps get you to read a famous book, here’s what followed the first sentence…

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Bob Clarke

Hi I’m Bob Clarke, writer of most of these blog posts. I’m also the Co-Creator, with my wife Ronda, of the Most Comprehensive NLP Training and Coaching Program Online. Our purpose is to bring NLP to you, saving you time, travel and money.