What is NLP?
NLP (neurolinguistic programming) is a method of working through problems, beliefs, behaviors, and triggers. Its creators were students at the University of Santa Cruz, California in the 1970s. They studied the most successful therapists from many different modalities to find what was it these therapists did that was so much more effective than others in their field. They studied gestures, expressions, wording, pacing, mirroring, everything they could decipher the therapist was doing that created success. Then they took what they had discovered and tested it to see if others could be just as brilliant, using similar means.
What is NLP?
Neurolinguistic Programming is not a technique, but a way of problem-solving and resource building that is unique and extremely effective. It comes from the study of success. In NLP, rather than search for WHY, WHERE, WHO… the CONTENT of a problem…NLP looks for HOW the problem is set up and focuses on changing the state of the problem rather than the details and specifics of the situation that problem is expressing itself in. Unlike other mind-based therapies, that publish volumes on naming problems; neurolinguistic programming studies excellence, health, longevity, achievement, and mastery. It is more interested in understanding who doesn’t get PTSD after a traumatic event; who doesn’t have any allergies; who isn’t paralyzed by grief after a close loved one has passed; etc. Why? Because NLP is interested in learning HOW to effectively process these adverse life events. It wants to learn from those that are successful and then teach those with the issues, how to change the mental state that creates the problem.
How NLP teaches excellence
Everything in life has patterns. Successful businesses have specific patterns, successful marriages, successful sharpshooters, and even successful healers. There are patterns to everything, and these patterns are not just actions and behaviors but largely mindsets and beliefs; a way we think about things that alter how and if we can effectively deal with them. NLP teaches excellence by teaching these patterns of success.
… to be continued…