Neuro-Linguistic Programming

What can NLP help with?

NLP can help with many of the same issues as hypnotherapy. To see a detailed list of those issues please see my Hypnotherapy Page.

Who Uses NLP?

NLP can be used to assist you in bringing about desired changes within yourself. It is often used by NLP practitioners and therapists to guide their clients to achieve a desired change. Some people may find this easier than talking to themselves.

Some of the Benefits of NLP

NLP does not require trance. It can change lives for the better by changing beliefs. You can use NLP strategies yourself to make desired changes or you can use a qualified NLP Practitioner. The success of NLP does not rely on you having a profound faith in its potential capability.

What is NLP?

NLP was developed by John Grinder, Professor of Linguistics and Richard Bandler, a Mathematician (Bandler and Grinder) in the mid 1970’s at University of California, Santa Cruz

They wanted to know why some psychologists, psychotherapists, especially therapeutic genius, Milton Erickson, Hypnotherapist, Fritz Peris, and Family Therapist, Virginia Satir, were spectacularly successful in helping people make changes within themselves and others were ‘also-rans’. After visiting, observing and modelling many of them they began to form a theory that the precise use of language (tone as well as actual words) either helped or hindered the process.

They eventually published a book entitled The Structure of Magic – A Book About Language and Therapy in 1975 outlining how NeuroLinguistic Programming could be employed to rapidly bring about changes in behaviours.

An interesting phenomenon they discovered was that we each unconsciously favour one of our five senses when communicating. Our five senses are of course sight, hearing, touch and feel, smell and taste. Two examples will explain that for now: “Ah yes, I see what you mean”. “I’m pleased to hear that the event went well.” We cannot actually see a meaning with our eyes and we cannot hear an email. They are figures of speech and demonstrate a preference for a particular sense in communication.

Listen to people being interviewed on television or radio and notice what sense each interviewee appears to prefer.

A Quick Demonstration

I want to demonstrate a useful NLP strategy here and now. It is called ‘Anchoring’ and can enable anyone to change their state of mind in an instant. Suppose you were nervous about a telephone call you had to make. By using your ‘anchor’ you can change your anxious state of mind to one of calm positivity. It works by connecting a little physical movement to a preferred state of mind so that when you enact the physical movement the preferred state of mind occurs immediately. We refer to this little physical movement as an anchor.

Select a negative state of mind from the past and a positive state of mind, also from the past.

First, select a little physical movement to use as your ‘anchor.’ A suggestion is to press the finger next to the little finger against the thumb of the same hand.

Bring to mind the positive state and the whole experience of that time. See what you saw, increase the colour, adjust the contrast making it very clear. Now, hear what you heard, turn up the volume, tune it in. Now, feel what you felt, intensify that feeling, the great thing is this actually happened so you haven’t got to try to imagine it. Just enjoy it all over again. And as the feeling gets near to its peak ‘fire your anchor’. Hold it, enjoy it for a few more seconds. Now release it.

Now change the state. Consider the weather or stroke your pet dog or cat or look at a headline in a newspaper or magazine. Now repeat the instructions in the previous paragraph.

Each time you set your anchor and release, remember to change your state as above. Test it after four times by bringing to mind your original memory that generated a poor state of mind, then “firing your anchor”. The likelihood is you will find your state of mind changing rapidly to a more resourceful state. The more you use your anchor, the more effective it will become.

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