Elster's World

Friday, June 09, 2006

Extreme Makeover - Elster Addition

So Sara from Trophy offered to help give my site a face life. Actually a full makeover. Like major plastic surgery. (So that's why I haven't been getting comments on the ol' blog recently, it's not spunky enough) Apparently it's uncool that I don't know how to link things on the side, that it has no background color, no pictures and no banner. "What's a banner?" I ask. (I'm not technically gifted.)

"It's the thingy across the top of your blog, like the one I have on mine," she replies. (Note: I'm totally paraphrasing - she didn't say thingy.)


So within the next few weeks, you may notice some changes at Elster'sWorld. There will be a banner - something very cool and Elster-like. There will be a link or two on the right (no - I will probably not be linking to other blogs on the side - too often they fall out of favor and then I'm stuck with links that I don't want - or you accidentally forget to link someone and end up making some fellow blogger angry) - for example, Travel Mates will have it's own special little place, a section of honor if you will (or at least a permanent link). As for other links, we shall see.
I'll probably change the background color a little too.

Regarding other changes - well, I'm just a simple technophobe with no html talent. I will leave that to my consultant and spirit guide Sara. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities to fix this place up. I'm actually excited. As much as I treat this blog with little respect (posting trash, not carefully proofing), it has still become my only major outlet for doing anything creative. So I might as well perty it all up. It deserves it, no?

So get ready for Extreme Makeover - Elster addition - coming soon to a site near you. Actually, to this site.

And with that, a good Shabbos and happy weekend.


  • Hey Elster,
    Facelift or not - I'll always come back to read your blog.
    There, I even left a comment this time.

    By Blogger Dayli, at 3:19 PM  

  • Whoa - a total blast from the past. Dayli, I'm flattered.

    By Blogger Elster, at 6:56 PM  

  • Neurolinguistic Programming

    In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

    At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

    Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

    Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

    Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

    Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

    Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

    Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

    Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

    Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

    Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! personal development plan

    By Blogger cylon, at 5:38 PM  

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