NLP eye accessing cues – Importance of 6 eye cues

NLP eye accessing cues

NLP eye accessing cues is one of the useful techniques to elicit NLP representational systems. In this post, I will address everything I know about NLP eye accessing cues, some NLP eye accessing cues exercises, and NLP eye accessing cues questions to know NLP representational systems.

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What is NLP eye accessing cues?

NLP eye accessing cues help to identify the preferred or the current representational system used by the client just by observing their eyes.

In NLP it is believed that we make eye movements that can tell which representational system we are using. We go inside and form a particular eye pattern. 

We all store information based on our preferred modalities and values, whenever we are asked questions about that information we access that either visually, auditorily, or kinaesthetically. 

Imagine, what can you achieve if you know the preferred representational system of your client? if you can know whether they are visual, auditory, or kinaesthetic. You can just change your communication which will 


Try this, find a partner to do this exercise. You can ask questions to him/her to see if they make any eye movements. Even further ask them questions related to visuals, auditory, and kinaesthetic. 

You can also try to search for interviews over Youtube, you can also observe eye movements of interviewee while answering the questions. 

Types of NLP eye accessing cues

There are six types of NLP eye accessing cues.

Vc = Visual Constructed – Picture or images never seen

Vr  = Visual Remembered – Trying to Remember the image

Ac = Auditory Constructed – Sounds never heard 

Ar = Auditory Remembered – Trying to Remember the sound

K  = Kinaesthetic – Feelings, smells, tastes

Ad = Auditory Digital – Internal Dialogue 

Visual Constructed(Vc)

Visual constructed in NLP eye accessing cues is when the subject moves his/her eyes up to your left.

Here the subject is trying to create the visuals which he/she may have not seen. It can also be visuals that are in the past and not in near memory.

Visual Remembered (Vr)

Visual Remembered in NLP eye accessing cues is when the subject moves his/her eyes up to your right.

Here the subject remembers the visuals clearly and eliciting while you ask questions to them.

Some people seem de-focused while they explore visual memories.

Auditory Constructed(Ac)

Auditory Constructed NLP eye accessing cues happen when subjects move eyes at your left laterally. 

Here they have to create or construct the sound, voice or conversation which they have not heard before.

Auditory Remembered ( Ar)

Auditory Remembered NLP eye accessing cues happen when subjects move eyes at your right laterally.

Here the subject remembers the sound, voice, or conversation, which are handy to elicit. The sounds can be of the near future.

Kinaesthetic (K)

When the subject is exploring his/her feeling he will move his eyes to your left and down. 

Here the subject is exploring both internal and external feelings.

Internal Dialogue or Auditory Digital (Ad)

When the subject is exploiting his/her own internal conversation or self-talk, he/she will move eyes down to your right.

No Eye movement

You may sometimes find that there is no eye movement at all. This can happen when people do talk to see or the answer is in his.her fresh memory. In this case, you can observe physiology and other NLP tools. You may want to change the subject for a while and continue later.

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NLP eye accessing cues Exercise

In order to elicit or to know which type of NLP eye accessing cue is currently used by the subject you can ask questions related to modalities. Here is the list of NLP eye accessing cues questions.


Try this, find a friend to do this fun exercise. Ask the NLP eye accessing cues questions to him/her and observe the eye movement.

Visual Constructed (Vc)

What would your dream car look like?

Can you think about the red buffalo?

How does the purple cow look to you?

In practice you have to observe the eye pattern naturally, do not lead your subject/client to any of the types of NLP accessing cues. Otherwise, you may not know the actual pattern of your client.

Visual Remembered (Vr)

What was the color of your school?

How many chairs are there in your room?

Who did you meet first in the morning?

Auditory Constructed (Ac)

What would your boss sound like if he had Mickey Mouse’s Voice?

How does a dog sound meowing?

How does talking tree sound to you?

Auditory Remembered (Ar)

Can you remember the sound of your father’s voice?

Can you think of your favorite song?

Can you think of nursery rhymes?

Kinaesthetic (K)

How does the fabric feel to your skin?

How does it feel to be drenched?

Think of the time when you felt extremely tired?

Internal Dialogue or Auditory Digital (Ad)

Can you say your name in your head?

Think of the last time you talked to yourself?

Can you recognize your inner voice?

In practice, with subjects, you can prepare a list of questions beforehand but I prefer to be more at the moment while observing. If you ask leading questions you will fulfill your own map, not the subjects.

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P S Note: do not take NLP eye accessing cues for its face values there are recent studies suggest that they may not be entirely correct.

However, If you can club calibration, physiology, and other NLP tools with NLP eye accessing cues it can be a useful tool for your practice.