Friday, 4 May 2012

Neuro Stylistic Programming- Style your Mood

Dorothy Perkins- S/S 2011 I'm afraid!
I made this term up and it has no scientific basis, but since I have Neuro Stylistically Programmed myself into a self-loving, ego-maniacal state, I don't care.

'How's that?', you say with your eye-brow raised. It is because today I am wearing a coral coloured, full skirted white polka dot dress and therefore feel frivolous and charming and 'devil-may care' about everything.

A few years ago, I went on a training course called the 'Art of Being Brilliant,' where I was talked at about Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) by a Grand-Wizard Practitioner. On that day I also made the decision not to sell training courses any more, due to moral outrage and too many stale sandwiches. What I took away from the course however, is that it is surprisingly easy to influence yourself, by some totemic phrases and self-obsessive mantra droning. I have consequently decided to use this technique in a manner more relevant to the fashion conscious, by incorporating it into the much more fun, theory of 'Neuro Stylistic Programming.(NSP)'  

That stale old theory, NLP, used by Paul McKenna and Derren Brown, is described by Wikipedia as  ''a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour." 

My brand new and stimulating theory of NSP ,is really just a statement of what intuitive people know already e.g. It's definitely a good idea to dress to what you would like your mood to be, not how you feel in the morning.

I also would like to make an unsupported claim that if you are wearing something colourful, people tend to notice it less when your every second word is demonstrating that your entire being is a cesspit of stinking negativity. Whereas, if you wear black you've had it, and people avoid you for sucking the soul out of the room.
For example, people tend to assume that Existentialists are profound in a heavy, intense sort of way. However, I guarantee you, that should people not associate black polo neck jumpers with Sartre and if he had instead worn Hawaiian shirts, they would have focused on the drinking, music, dancing and sex in his works of fiction, and realise that he was just a bon viveur in the style of Peter Stringfellow. It could be that Sartre was actually a fairly typical intellectual egoist having a mid-life crisis, who occasionally had guilt trips about his selfish life decisions, and tried to cover his self-disgust with existential smoke and mirrors and inky clothes. 
Not only can dressing to improve your mood and work to lift your own spirits but also makes others feel better too. Life can be a hive and if most of us are boring worker drones, a little bit of colour to settle our eyes on, is going to make us feel more positive and productive. It is also true that if you want to be taken seriously, then wearing black and grey shows brevity- however, adding colour to your ensemble may show personality that will distinguish you from the competition.

Anyone that ridicules a person's love of fashion, colour and sartorial matters, doesn't really understand the power of dressing as a mood influencer, to oneself and others. A form fitting suit, with shoulder pads and statement heels give architectural proportions, menacing and aggressive. You can easily con yourself that you know what you are talking about, when you feel like a skyscraper. Neutral colours and knits may give a feel of bland comfort, showing flexibility and openness- a tactile sort of brain, responsive but not threatening. The success of the makeover show, is not a demonstration of the shallowness of the general public but the strength of the psychological response to visual stimulation via dress. If it has been proven that people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, how simple to argue that we can be  positively influenced by colour, light and change in the way we dress, and should knowingly exploit this to our advantage.

This can also be subversively used to an advantage if you want to deliberately produce negative impressions. In my last job, I wanted to minimise the amount of work that I was given, so I wore navy blue often (unflattering, made me look tired and sickly), mid-thigh dresses (made me look youthful and irresponsible) and a pair of brothel creeper shoes (confuses your regular office worker, as they cannot work out why you would consider them attractive and therefore are dissimulating). No-one would entrust me with their boring typing on those days, it worked a treat. Go on, Neuro Stylistically Programme yourself, or someone else!

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