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Direct your behavior and thoughts with NLP

Introduction

Since the introduction of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in the seventies, NLP acquired a permanent place in the world of training, coaching and therapy. The popularity is due to the surprising effects. In short, NLP is a communication model, a model for new behavior to learn and an attitude towards life.

NLP shows how learning and experience are handled in the brains. It explores the relationship between what we think (neuro-), what we communicate (linguistic) and how we behave (programming). You can see it as a kind of manual for our brain.

Although NLP is firmly anchored in psychological science, it is mainly a practical method. What NLP has added to the existing psychological theories is the how-question. A NLP-practitioner is interested in how in a certain context someone comes to a particular behavior. If you know the answer, you are capable of choosing other behavior or another response.


For who is NLP?

NLP has proved its worth in many situations and for many professions. For example, it is being used in the industry, by therapists and medical practitioners, in education and by actors and athletes. As the method is content neutral, the application is in principle not bound to any limits.

Of course you can also practice NLP for yourself. By applying the principles of NLP you get more insight into your unconscious patterns and you can abandon aged ideas. The result is having more choice, leading to a feeling of peace. You can easily achieve what you want and you will be happier. In this way you will come closer to who you really want to be.


Theoretical background

NLP studies the link between brains and language. Neurological processes in the brains are based on experiences by input of the five senses. We then use language to organize these experiences and create our own model of the reality. The ways in which we behave are based on neurological and verbal patterns.

The point is that we, through our brain language create a ?model of the world?. Because of events in our lives we all have our own unique map of the reality, which explains why everyone reacts in his own way to a situation. Interaction with the world and others are not so much reactions to what comes from outside, but reactions to our own perception of reality. If we are about to learn to influence these processes and direct them knowingly, we are programming ourselves.

Successful programming means that you increasingly responds to the reality as it is and not the image you had formed in your head. NLP provides insight into our thinking, feeling and acting and allows us to make desired changes.

The purpose of therapy is to change behavior, not so much having insight. Insight can be used as a tool, if it is useful. Very typical of NLP is emphasizing the usefulness and setting specific, measurable goals. For example, an NLP therapist will not ask you, what is your problem? but rather: what do you want to achieve? Compared with other therapies, and certainly with classical psychoanalysis, NLP is a short intervention method.


Origins of NLP

Richard Bandler and John Grinder, a hypnotist and a linguist, observed in the seventies of the last century a number of successful psychotherapists. In their book The Structure of Magic (1975) they describe a number of specific language patterns that can be learned by everyone. Application of them results that you, not hampered by any foreknowledge, can achieve surprising results in a therapeutic situation.

On this basis many techniques have been added that have in common that they aim to come as close as possible to the observation of the concrete reality. Other prominent figures who have contributed to the development of NLP are Gregory Bateson, Robert Dilts, Tad James and Michael Hall.

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