Which way do your feelings spin?

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Which way do your feelings spin?

BLOG 02-07-2018
Brian William Smith
Mod Psychology | NLP MPrac | MH | PMAHA
Master Mindfulness Practitioner | Thought Field Therapy | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
AHA Qld Workshop Co-ordinator | Treasurer.

Which way do your feelings spin?

I learnt this process a few years ago while studying at The Mind Academy and credits must be given to Richard Bandler for discovering that feelings and emotions spin, and that reversing this spin is a powerful intervention for resolving anxiety and other strong feelings. Richard Bandler, the co-developer of NLP, created a hypnotic spinning process, which he calls the “Spin Technique” or the “Reverse Spin Process”. Bandler has been spinning negative feelings into positive feelings for several years, and has been getting amazing results.

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It makes sense from a quantum perspective that spin is so deeply woven into our consciousness and culture. According to quantum physics, the entire nature of our universe is based on spin. Hence, spin is an intrinsic property of all elementary particles such as quarks, leptons and bosons (which are the basic building blocks of our universe).

Just as the earth rotates around the sun, and the moon circles around the earth, our thoughts feelings, and actions have a certain spin quality to them as well. The idea of “spin” or “circular movement” is deeply rooted into our consciousness and how we process information. For example, you can hear how people represent spin in their language patterns. How many times have you heard someone say?

  • I have this idea that has been going round and round in my head.
  • I keep talking in circles about this problem.
  • Let’s put a new spin on that idea.
  • I keep looping around on what I should do next.
  • I’m all wound up.
  • I keep spinning this idea in my head.
  • I need to go unwind, and have a glass of wine.


Not only can you hear spin metaphors in people’s language patterns, you can also see the “spin” in their non-verbal behaviour and gestures. All you have to do is watch someone for a while and you’ll begin to notice how often they make circular movements with their hands and fingers while they are talking. You will also see them making micro-circular movements with their heads, their eyes and their bodies. Moreover, you can hear a lot of talk about spin in the media and with politics. How many times have you heard a news commentator talking about the “spin machine”, or the most recent spin of the day, or how some poor politician is in need of a spin-doctor?

Interestingly, the whole idea of “spinning one’s problems away” is an ancient one that dates back to the 12th century Sufi tradition of  “Sufi Spinning” (which is a trance like dance ritual that is still practiced today by the Whirling Dervishes.

In my own practice, I have been utilizing Richard Bandler’s “Spin Technique”  with astounding results and in this particular example, “Client A” became anxious in driving situations or any situation in which she felt alone and potentially helpless. Her feelings of anxiety began in the right side of her neck, went down the right side of her body, then clenched in her stomach and went on to her groin. This is the “path of the feeling”. I then asked her to notice the shape and colour of the feeling, and finally, “Which way does the feeling spin as it travels along this path?” She responded with a gesture, which is much less ambiguous than a verbal “clockwise” or “counter-clockwise,” since that depends on which way the clock is facing.

Then the process is to “put yourself” in that situation (associated state) that elicits the feeling, (kinaesthetic) and reverse the direction of spin, change the colour to a colour you like better and add sparkles to it,(visual) maybe add a little humorous circus music to it(auditory) and find out what happens.” Client A’s feelings immediately changed to relaxation and comfort and was then able to see herself in any situation.

All comments welcome as I am more than happy and confident to answer any questions you may have.


Have and amazing day!!!

Look forward to talking again with you next week.



  1. Autumn says:

    Hi Brian,
    I am really enjoying your post as I find it ever so fascinating. I never thought about emotions spinning until you explained that the idea of emotions moving in a circle is entrenched into our conscious.

    Since I read this post, I have been noticing that my friends and family say things like “it keeps going around and around in my head” or “that is a different spin to things” and tonight while watching the news the reporter spoke about a spin doctor.

    Would this work with a phobia and are there any videos on YouTube that you would recommend?

    Are you on Instagram?

    Thank you

    • Brian Smith says:

      Hello Autumn,
      It is great that you are finding these posts informative as I am truly passionate about bringing Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistics programming (NLP) into mainstream practices.

      Some people think that if you have a fear or phobia then you are crazy but the truth of the matter is these are very real to the person and can be quite debilitating.

      I have had many a gratifying result for my clients resolving and eliminating phobic responses utilizing this technique.

      There are a number of good YouTube videos by Richard Bandler but this version of the “Spin Technique” called Resolving Anxiety and Other Strong Feelings with NLP by Steve Andreas (co-developer of NLP) is great viewing.

      If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Hypnotherapy, then you can follow/like me on Facebook.
      and Instagram.

      Thank you for your comments and questions and be sure to come back next week!!!