NLP or neuro linguistic programming is a controversial area of psychology that deals with how our thought processes relate to our bodies and our body movements. One of the most interesting aspects of NLP has to do with the subject of “eye accessing cues”. According to NLP theory the human eye moves in unique ways depending on what a person is thinking about.
American psychologist William James first suggested the idea that eye movements might be related to our thought processes in 1890. Robert Dilts, Richard Bandler, and John Grinder later expanded upon the theory in the 1970s.
According to the neurological research conducted by Dilts, Bandler, and Grinder our eyes move both laterally (left and right) and vertically (up and down) depending upon what types of thoughts our brain is processing.
NLP defines various quadrants or directions of human eye movement. When our eyes move laterally to the left, it is called “visual remembering” and it means we are attempting to recall or remember something. For example, if someone were asked, “What color was your first car?” we would expect their eyes to move the left, actually to the left and slightly upwards, since they are recalling an “image”. (The upward movement in the eye indicates that the information that is being recalled is “visual” or some type of image.)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Eye Movements by Jane Mauret (virginauthor.wordpress.com)
- NLP – Supposed Eye Movement When Lying, Doesn’t Work (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Meaning Maneuvers: Words That Change Minds (brightmindblog.me)
- NLP disproved!!!! [Robert Craven] (ecademy.com)