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Anchor/Collapse Technique
aka Squeeze Knees Anchor Collapse

Personal Editing using 
"Squeeze Knees" Technique


An ANCHOR is an association between an emotional RESPONSE and STIMULUS.

Examples of a stimulus include a distinctive touch, seeing a place, person, or gesture, or hearing a haunting melody that causes a particular emotional response such as nostalgia or other strong reaction.

By using anchoring and the collapse process, you can re-pattern unwanted associations and responses.

There are three primary types of anchors:  visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Anchors are generally created spontaneously throughout our life.

An automatically created visual anchor might be, for example, every time you SEE a baby animal, you go a little soft inside, SEE a poster of a starving child, you feel sad and upset or SEE a stack of bills, you feel overwhelmed!

An auditory example might be, everytime you HEAR a particular tune, you get feelings of nostalgia over your first "puppy love" romance, HEAR an alert sound signaling good news, you get excited or HEAR the words, "The boss wants to see you NOW!" causes a sinking feeling. 

A kinesthetic anchor involves a unique TOUCH, TASTE, or SMELL. The odor of perfume or after shave might bring back good memories of someone special; the touch of silk might create feelings of sensuousness; or the taste of cold milk might associate you into childhood memories. 

This system will show you how to create your choice of wanted anchors such as feelings of delight, great presence, feeling loved, secure, powerful, and so forth.

It will show you how to use great anchors to simply and easily collapse or defuse unwanted and unpleasant feelings, usually from some situation or event.

It can be a productive self-use technique for adults, and with some age appropriate simplification, it can also be used by children. Advanced methods can be used by one person to benefit another person.

Setting an Anchor

For purposes of learning this technique, it is easiest to begin with anchors of touch. You may choose any self-touch that is distinctive and unique--in other words, a self-touch that you would not ordinarily do.

Some examples might include tugging on your earlobe or gently holding the web between thumb and index finger, or holding your elbow. For simplicity, we will be using the technique of gently squeezing your knees.

When first setting up a stimulus for a knee anchor, it is easier to use the hand and knee that are on the same side of the body. Begin by sitting up straight with your eyes closed.

Think of some pleasant experience while gently squeezing your right knee with your right hand for a few moments. It may include feelings of being centered and grounded.

These feelings are often experienced while resting in a special place in nature. Or it might include, for instance, feelings of confidence, relaxation, or courage.

Go back into your personal history and locate an event when you felt the wanted emotion. You might recreate the same posture such as having your shoulders relaxed while breathing deeply.

The event should generate a powerful and positive response such as when receiving deserved recognition for some achievement.

Then after several moments while still thinking of the experience, seeing what you saw, hearing what you heard and feeling the associated emotions in your body, release your knee and open your eyes.

Clear your mind by looking around you and taking a deep breath. This is called "breaking state."

Stacking an Anchor

Ideally, you should remove the stimulus (let go of your knee), while at the peak of the desired emotional experience. STACKING an anchor involves repeating the sequence with several different experiences that reinforce each other. Some examples might be, confidence, relaxation, courage, and so forth.

Testing an Anchor

After you have anchored at least three positive emotional states, test the anchor. Place your hand on your knee again and squeeze. Keep your eyes closed. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and notice if those same pleasant feelings come back. If they do, you have an anchor. If they do not, you will need to do the original sequence again until they return.

Setting a Second Anchor

Now concentrate on your left knee. Begin by selecting a situation when you were dissatisfied with either the way you felt or performed. Maybe you were anxious or angry.

Put your other hand on your other knee, close your eyes, and think of the situation. Allow yourself to re-experience it while you squeeze your left knee with your left hand. Then while still experiencing the event, release your knee and clear your mind. Test this anchor.

After clearing your mind, decide what internal resource or ability, if you had possessed it at the time, would have made a difference. For example, you may have felt tense. If you had been relaxed, you would have felt more in control. 

Also, you would have thought of better ways of responding to the situation. In this example, you would find a time when you were more relaxed, such as while sunbathing, getting a massage, and so on.

Once you have selected your preferred response, anchor this feeling on your right knee, for example, relaxation could go on top of your other positive resources on your right knee. Check it, and then clear your mind.

Anchor Collapse

Now for the "Squeeze Knees Anchor Collapse." Close your eyes. Squeeze both knees simultaneously and hold them equally for about 30-60 seconds. Just continue to breathe and notice what happens.

After the 30-60 seconds, release both anchors (knees) at the same time, open your eyes, and clear your mind again.

The last step is to think about the original unpleasant experience and get a sense of how different it is. Sometimes it will be a little different. Sometimes it will be a lot different, and sometimes it will be completely transformed.

Whichever way it is for you, you have experienced taking control of your life by changing your response.

NOTE: Be sure to check the side bar on the right for a summary of the steps.

Technique developed by René Pfalzgraf. (1991, July). Rapporter, 14-17

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Summary of Squeeze Knees Anchor Collapse


Keep your eyes closed when recalling a memory. Clear your mind after each step.

●  Test each anchor by squeezing your right knee for several seconds and wait for the wanted response.

●  If the positive response is not forthcoming, repeat the process as many times as it takes for you to get your desired outcome.

●  While reliving a pleasant experience such as someone giving you a heartfelt compliment that makes you feel really good, anchor it, for example, on the right knee.

●  Stack the anchor with two or more positive experiences for greater power and intensity.

●  Review the unpleasant experience and identify the unwanted response. Anchor it on the other knee.

●  Select and generate a more effective and desirable response. Anchor it, for example, on the right knee.

●  Squeeze both knees simultaneously for about 30 to 60 seconds.

●  Experience the differences in feelings.

●  Fantasize two or three similar situations that you expect to occur in the future.

●  Imagine how they will be different because of the work you have just completed.


●  Whenever you experience a positive moment that includes good feelings, anchor them on your stack of anchors (right knee). 

●  If you receive an award that puts you into orbit, anchor those feelings; if you see a double rainbow which leaves you in awe of nature's beauty, anchor that; if you receive a bonus, anchor the excitement, and so on.

●  Now these anchors become like a bank account. 

●  You can continue to "deposit" exquisite feelings, then whenever you are feeling out-of-sorts, you can "make a withdrawal" and squeeze your right knee for a few moments and experience all those positively wonderful feelings over and over again!




Need help?

If you encounter any difficulty while attempting to use the ANCHOR/
technique, and you wish to have some additional guidance, please contact me via email, Dianne Ruth, PhD,
or call me directly at (619) 961-7500.

Advanced Anchoring

Please contact me to learn how to use visual and auditory anchoring techniques plus some of the many different types of anchoring and collapse work that I offer.

The advanced techniques include how to use anchors to influence another person's behavior and attitude without their awareness.

This knowledge must be for their benefit and with the expectation that it will be used with integrity.

These processes can be used on family, children, friends, pets, co-workers, bosses, as a presenter or speaker interacting with an audience, and with others in multiple situations.