I wrote this article several years ago (1996) for Austin NLP, the Neuro-Linguistic social and learning club for Central Texas. It is simple, but it is still a very useful NLP tool to learn. So with the NLP Practitioner Course coming up, I wanted to share it with the new people who might be interested in learning NLP tools, techniques, and skills. It works like a charm and people will think you are a wizard when you help them painlessly and fearlessly get rid of their hiccups. Enjoy!
Kelsey, a 19 year old, UT Student had been hiccupping all morning. It was ruining her Saturday outing with her friends to Austin’s new Blanton Museum. Not that the hiccups were so painful, they were relatively mild so she was putting up with them. But they were beginning to be chronic and several hours of continuous convulsing was beginning to make her muscles ache.
She had tried all the regular remedies, holding her breath, swallowing a glass of water with her head between her knees. Her friends had tried to frighten her when she wasn’t expecting it. She had even tried eating a spoon each of sugar and peanut butter, but nothing seemed to work. She just kept hiccupping. And it was getting rather annoying and she seemed to be out of options and resigned to live with it until it went away.
I noticed her hiccuping plight. As a stranger (there are few people stranger than an NLPer on a mission) … as a stranger, I would have to be quick with rapport and in defining her outcome. I jokingly asked if she had been suffering long? “Do you want them to go away?”