Did Your Heart See What I Told You?
Auditory, Visual, and Feeling Processing
It is best to develop all of the basic methods of brain language. There are six basic modalities: Internal and External Auditory, Internal and External Visual and Internal and External Feeling. Most people comfortable and regularly use only 2-3 of the six. For a more accurate profile, a person would do well to discover the order of processing as well as the type.
For instance, a person who feels something, then mentally looks at it for more information, then checks back with his feelings to be sure the visual is right would have the pattern: Internal Feeling-Internal Visual-Internal Feeling.
Another example: A person who process by thinking about a problem and solution and then talking about the two until there is a mental picture would be an Internal Auditory, External Auditory, Internal Visual. This could easily be reversed if they see a problem and to understand it they have to think about it and then talk about it which would be External Visual, Internal Auditory, External Auditory.
Also, a person can have different methods depending on the situation they are in. At work, in play, at home, interacting with children or with spouse, all might have a different perception pattern. The ideal is to develop all methods and use them appropriately.
The Visual Communicator
The Visual Communicator uses images and colors in the mind, dreams, visualizations, relies on visual input to accumulate and understand information. Uses language that describes things seen such as “Seeing the big picture,” and “Do you see what I mean?” Often speaks faster and louder than Auditory or Feeling individuals. Internal Visuals rely on things in their mind, External Visuals rely on things they see outside of their body although both Internal and External can easily switch processing roles.
The Auditory Communicator
The Auditory Communicator uses words, thoughts and conversation both in the mind (Internal Auditory) and externally such as whispering of the Spirit, the still small voice, warning voice, hearing music, hearing a speaker or teacher, reading, and simply knowing. Says things like, “What do you think?” and “Listen very carefully to that feeling.” Speaks at a comfortable speed and volume for most people. Can be a great teacher or public speaker if able tap up into Visual or down into Feeling modalities. If unable to move in and out of other modalities while speaking, can risk being a boring monotone. Because hearing modalities happen at the mid range of brain language, an Auditory can moderate between the visual and feeling communicators.
The Feeling Communicator
The Feeling Communicator uses touch, speaks quiet and slower than the other modalities. Feels the burning of the Spirit, has physical responses to good and bad, may not know why but feels and trusts what is felt, responds better to being asked what they feel than what they think, overwhelmed by visual because they talk to fast and seem overbearing due to loudness, glances downward towards their heart or touches the heart area. External Feeling is anything skin level or a short space beyond the skin. Internal feeling is anything deeper than skin level, especially emotions.
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