What is NLP?
NLP has been referred to as “The study of subjective experience” among many other things but what does that actually mean?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Did that answer your question? No? O.K. Let’s break that down then: Neuro - We interact with and interpret the world around us according to our senses and how we understand them. Linguistic - The language we use (verbal and non-verbal) influence our behaviour and that of others around us. Programming - We behave based on how we organise our ideas and actions. The nature of NLP embraces the differences in how individuals view and interact with the world around them. So it’s no surprise that there are a number of different styles and applications of NLP in use today. NLP therefore means different things to different people, from sales and marketing to therapy and coaching. Here is an analogy I often use to explain how NLP is beneficial within the context of change-focussed therapy: It helps to think of the mind like a computer (well, technically a computer is like the mind as it was designed using human logic but that’s a whole other thing). We all run on a different operating system. Some people run on Windows, some on Android or IOS (apple) a few even run Linux. In order to help someone to change their thoughts (or programming) I need to speak to them in the right language. It would be no good writing a new app for Android and trying to instal it on an iPhone. In therapy terms that means using the correct (verbal and non-verbal) language to communicate in an effective way that can influence the client to improve their mindset.
The next part is looking at the programmes or applications which the system is running. For example: if someone has a fear of spiders they effectively have an app installed so that whenever they see a spider it runs the programme ‘spider’ resulting in the physiological response of fear - The heart starts beating faster, The body produces adrenaline, The person reacts accordingly; maybe by running away screaming. This is where NLP comes in. Using the correct programming language, a good therapist can ‘instal an update’ to that application so that when the ‘spider’ programme runs; it instead links to calm confident feelings and allows the ‘user’ to react in a more positive way.
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