What is NLP?

On May 30, 2010, in NLP, Relaxation, St Albans, by EmbraceYourMind

In 1975, Richard Bandler and John Grinder set out to discover how excellent communicators did what they did.
They wondered if it was possible to break down the behaviours of people who were excellent in their field and reproduce them.
It turns out, they could do just that.
Initially they studied the likes of Milton Eriksson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir. Over the years, many others contributed their own excellence to the techniques of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Progamming), leading to the body of techniques we have today.
The body of techniques, taught today as NLP, contain ways of changing thoughts, beliefs, resolving conflicts and eliminating negative emotions that previously were limiting.NLP is a set of guiding principles and techniques for use in real life. It is not a scientific theory – it is all about giving people choice, and new choices of how to behave, react, respond emotionally and physically. By understanding how the mind works, we can use it to remove previous limitations that we may have imposed on ourselves.

NLP Explained

Imagine you buy a new mobile phone, and it came with no instructions.
It’s one of those new, sleek ones where all the buttons are hidden.
How do you turn it on? Make a call? You may struggle for a while finding out what to press to get the thing to just light up! Then when we do get it going, there may be a whole host of features we never use because we haven’t read the instructions.
Our brain and minds are infinitely more complex than a mobile phone.
When we were born, we were a blank slate, full of potential, ready to unlock all of our features and abilities.
But did we get an instruction manual telling us how to? Certainly, not one that was comprehensive.
How does NLP fit into this, I hear you ask.NLP studies how humans think, experience the world, and do what they do.
The structure of that can be quite complex and can defy fitting into a predefined formula.
What it does do, however, if enable us to create models of what goes on and allow us to create techniques that allow us to change beliefs, behaviours, responses, and open up new possibilities.
The models that NLP uses are taken from people who display excellence.
For example, the meta-model was modelled on Virginia Satir, a noted family therapist.
The milton-model was taken from Milton Erickson, one of the foremost hypnotherapists of our time.
These models were less about how they did what they did, and more about the beliefs, attitudes and strategies held by these people to do the things they do excellently.
If we can model how a person perceives the world through their senses, the things they believe and what goes on inside their minds, we can build up a model of that and it becomes easy to teach it to others.
Let’s take as an example, a phobia.A phobia is an irrational fear of a certain stimulus.
When a phobic person encounters that thing, they run a certain sequence of events in their head, the beliefs they have about that thing come in to play and they “do” their phobia.
Now, for instance, not everyone is phobic of spiders.
Lots of people are fine with spiders, handle them, even keep them as pets!
What are those people doing and believing differently to the phobia person?
By showing the phobic person how to install the model of the non-phobic person, they can behave in the same way!
The amazing thing about phobias is that they are to easy to dispel.
Typically it takes 30 minutes, and yet people go through their entire lives, sometimes ruled by their fear.
And the changes people can make are not just getting rid of phobias – our clients have freed themselves from Dyslexia, OCD, internal conflicts, fear, anger issues, procrastination  in fact, much more than we could list here.NLP is not concerned with what theories or textbooks say should work.
We are only concerned with what actually DOES work.
Incorporating a “failure” and turning it into feedback to improve next time is a key part of NLP.So, this is that instruction manual we talked about.
Let’s unlock all those features and abilities that we might not even know we have!

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