Neuro Linguistic Programming

“The brain can be developed just the same as the muscles can be developed, if one will only take the pains to train the mind to think.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

Defining Neuro Linguistic Programming:

Neuro: The nervous system (mind and body) through which our experience is processed via five senses — (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory)
Linguistic: Language and other nonverbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. Includes: pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells, and words (self-talk)
Programming: The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) studies the structure of how we experience and interpret the world. It posits that an individual’s thoughts and words interact to create one’s perception of the world, so by changing one’s outlook, a person can improve one’s attitude and action. By gaining an understanding of how we create and maintain our inner thoughts and feelings when we have challenging issues, we can tap into all the resources necessary for success within ourselves.

From this premise, NLP has developed models and techniques for quickly and effectively changing thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that limit people from getting what they want by amplifying helpful behaviors and diminishing negative ones, leading them closer to desired outcomes.

NLP is widely used to improve various skills needed in sales, inter-personal relationships, and counseling people to overcome limiting beliefs. It leads to better understanding of each individual’s learning style that would aid effectiveness in educational fields. Parents can help their children to develop a healthy self-image as they deal with life’s challenges. Overall, NLP is a set of very powerful, effective tools for personal growth and development.

Presuppositions of NLP:

  • Respect for the other person’s model of the world.
  • Behavior and change are to be evaluated in terms of context and ecology.
  • Resistance is a sign of a lack of rapport.
  • People are not their behaviors.
  • Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available.
  • Caliberate on a person’s behavior.
  • The map is not the territory.
  • You are in charge of your mind, and therefore your results.
  • People have all the resources they need to succeed and to achieve their desired outcomes.
  • All procedures should increase wholeness.
  • There is no failure, only feedback.
  • The meaning of communication is the response you get.
  • The Law of Requisite Variety: The system/person with the most flexibility of behavior will control the system.
  • All procedures should be designed to increase choice.

Source: NLP Transworld – John McCarthy & Joe Leeway

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