What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Does It Work?
"A difference which makes a difference"
is the term Gregory Bateson used to define information. NLP seeks to take the information that a person is using and then, by noticing what are the subtle changes that if were used, would make a difference to the information thus having an impact upon the person.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming was created in the early 1970s by a computer scientist and Gestalt therapist, Richard Bandler and a linguistic therapist Dr John Grinder.
Bandler and Grinder developed a process that would come to be known as “modelling”. They used their methodology to model three of the world’s greatest therapists: Dr Milton Erickson, father of modern hypnotherapy; Fritz Perls, creator of Gestalt therapy; and Virginia Satir, the mother of modern-day family therapy. Their task was to re-create the same results for clients as these three therapeutic masters could, the results were fantastic and NLP was born. The current innovations all stem from the original modelling process. A true practitioner will model how you do what you do and support you in creating new choices at a below conscious level.
NLP Techniques for Transformational Therapy & Sessions
In order for change to be effective i.e. to stick, a transformation must take place below the conscious surface of the mind. When the change has taken place at this level then the desired results are automatic therefore there is no need for conscious repetition and practice; It is this very point that causes many so called professionals to be sceptical of it, yet today over forty years since NLP’s inception there remains a trail of results of which I myself have used for the past twenty years.
The simplest way to describe and there is no one-way to describe it but here goes. Imagine you have had an experience in your life, which whenever you think about it, makes you feel bad. You don’t want to feel bad but everyday you wake up and there it is. We could book you in for several months or even years of therapy, have you write letters to yourself and your spirit, put you on medication, etc, or we can notice what you want to have happen and have you STOP the old information, which is un-helpful and re-associate your thinking processes to something that you want to think about.
Another explanation of how it works is to remember to forget what it is that you want to forget whilst simultaneously remembering what you want to remember at the time you want to remember, without the need for conscious effort of recall.
Richard Bandler says NLP “it’s an Attitude”. The key is about your ability to have the correct attitude within the moment that you need it.
By Matt Hudson