Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

What is NLP?

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Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a combination of communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. The name comes from the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioural patterns learned through experience (“programming”).  These can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. The programming of exceptional people can be “modelled” using NLP techniques. Anyone can use NLP to achieve accelerated results. 

NLP can rapidly treat problems such as limiting beliefs, phobias, depression, OCD, allergies and learning disorders. There are many people in the world who after discovering NLP, solved there “problem” overnight and their years of seeing a psychologist ended instantly.

NLP is widely used by professional sports people (Tiger Woods), world leaders (Barack Obama) and entertainment figures (Anthony Robbins).  It is still a contentious area in science today as it seems to produce positive and permanent results that do not support the numerous “permanent medical diseases” in society today. It also means that a lot of pharmaceutical medications become redundant once these medical problems disappear.

Those that have lived and breathed the success of NLP see that it is simply not a good “business model”, i.e., it makes no money because there are no ongoing medications or therapists required after a person discovers NLP. This is one of the possible reasons why it is still not widely recognised or understood.

NLP is based on the following pre-suppositions (implicit assumptions about the world);

  • Have respect for the other person’s model of the world. (We are all unique and experience the world in different ways. Everyone is individual and has their own special way of being).
  • The map is not the territory. (People respond to their ‘map’ of reality, not to reality itself. How people make sense of the world around them is through their senses and from their own personal experience; this means that each individual’s perception of an event is different).
  • Mind and body form a linked system. (Your mental attitude affects your body and your health and, in turn, how you behave).
  • If what you are doing isn’t working, do something else. (Flexibility is the key to success).
  • Choice is better than no choice. (Having options can provide more opportunities for achieving results).
  • We are always communicating. (Even when we remain silent, we are communicating. Non-verbal communication can account for a large proportion of a message).
  • The meaning of your communication is the response you get. (While your intention may be clear to you, it is the other person’s interpretation and response that reflects your effectiveness. NLP teaches you the skills and flexibility to ensure that the message you send equals the message they receive).
  • There is no failure, only feedback. (What seemed like failure can be thought of as success that just stopped too soon. With this understanding, we can stop blaming ourselves and others, find solutions and improve the quality of what we do).
  • Behind every behaviour there is a positive intention. (When we understand that other people have some positive intention in what they say and do (however annoying and negative it may seem to us), it can be easier to stop getting angry and start to move forward).
  • Anything can be accomplished if the task is broken down into small enough steps. (Achievement becomes easier if activities are manageable; NLP can help you learn how to analyse what needs to be done and find ways to be both efficient and effective).

There are three main components that make up NLP:

Subjectivity: We experience the world subjectively or through our own filtered understanding. This is then represented through the five senses and our language. Most people operate from one primary sense, e.g., visually (I see what you are saying) or auditory (I hear what you are saying). Behavior can then be changed positively or negatively by manipulating the subjective representations.

Consciousness: Whilst other psychotherapies only operate in the cognitive state, NLP uses both unconscious and conscious states to change behaviors. By administering NLP in the unconscious state, the new thinking/modeling can bypass the cognitive filter without distorting the result through subjective understanding and limiting beliefs.

Language: NLP operates with the understanding that our language is part of our subjective interpretation of the world. Change our language and the words we speak and our patterns can change rapidly. New neural pathways are formed after previous boundaries are blown. Well-formed thought patterns can be changed and replaced via NLP techniques instantly and permanently.

Using NLP in almost any area of life will accelerate your results, whether positive or negative. The job of an NLP therapist or coach is to utilize NLP techniques to assist the client in successfully reaching the desired results quickly. Therefore, it is important that the issues or limiting beliefs are first checked ecologically (how the current structure has kept this pattern of thinking in place) before removing via NLP.

In addition to therapeutic uses, NLP can be applied to other fields including persuasion (politics, sales, etc.), negotiation (relationships etc.), and management training (career progression etc.,), sports, teaching, coaching, team building, and public speaking.

I would highly recommend attending an NLP course in your nearest city. After I completed my training, my life was never the same again. I have overcome and removed limited beliefs and unconscious conditioned behaviours that I developed in childhood and carried with me for so long…Today I am free and aware and continue to seek emotional and mental mastery.