What is NLP?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. Its creators claim a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (“programming”) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.[1][2]
NLP is a method of achieving success through successful actions, in particular by modeling the actions of those who are very successful indeed. People with success usually have great communication skills and it is these skills that open doors, create opportunities and pave the road for further success. Not everyone is born an “A” type personality, some of us are not as outspoken or possibly socially gifted as some. NLP techniques can help build our communication skills and increase the social rapport we develop with others.
NLP Started off with a communication model. This communication model showed how people communicate and interact with themselves and others. The NLP communication model explains how we process the information that comes in from outside us and what we do with it inside. It also explains the miind body connection. What we think and how we feel effects the actions and the results we get. By changing just one of those “parts” has an effect on the others.
Is NLP effective?
Research has shown that NLP helps people with certain conditions and states of mind. NLP is used to treat:
• phobias
• additions
• stress
• fears
• anger issues
• sleep problems
• chronic pain
• relationship issues
It helps you to develop the tools and positive mindset to cope with these conditions again, which is called relapse prevention.
Deciding on NLP treatment
Treatment can be challenging and you must feel ready to actively change your thoughts and behaviour for it to be successful. You will need to be open, persistent and brave when you have NLP and you may have to deal with some difficult emotions. How successful NLP will be for you will depend on your participation and commitment to the process. It’s important to remember that NLP isn’t for everyone and there may be an alternative treatment that you prefer and works better for you.