NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming, is a science and methodology for understanding and changing human behaviour.
NLP is the study of your subjective reality, or to put it more simply, how your brain makes you behave and feel the way you do.
Imagine your brain is like a computer that has been programmed with software and hardware that you didn't know about, and no-one has left you a users guide! NLP is the user guide for your brain.
NLP believes that most of our behaviour is learnt, for example you don't see small babies with phobias of flying or self esteem issues. We learn our behaviour from our experiences and the people around us as we grow up, and this programs our brain to perceive things and to react to the world in a certain way.
NLP allows you to understand what these programs are, and then re-program them. because our behaviour is learnt, we are able to unlearn it!
How does it work?
Your brain stores all its experiences as pictures, sounds and feelings, if you change how your brain recognizes these experiences you can change how you respond to them.
Your brain doesn't know the difference between what is real and what happens in your head
Your imagination is always more powerful than your will power
Everyone has their own view of the world
What can you use it for?
Simply to change the way you think or feel and therefore how you behave.
NLP provides us with choice; choice in what we feel, think, do, and therefore ultimately in what we achieve. It has transformed what is possible in the ways in which we can communicate, influence, manage and achieve whatever you really want.
NLP can help if you want to:
Manage your emotions - so that you can be more resourceful, proactive, and in control.
Increase self esteem, confidence and energy.
Do whatever you already do reasonably well, even better
Results may vary from person to person
Creativity: People who are in creative fields such as writing, acting, painting and the like can improve their creative ability through the use of NLP techniques. Since NLP addresses the conscious and subconscious mind, people who use their creative talents can be helped to perform at their optimum level.
Education: NLP is widely used in the educational system. The problems of students/teachers can be quickly improved by applying NLP
Family counseling: Problems concerning family members, such as, between husband and wife, parents and children and the like can be resolved by improving the quality of communication between the members of the family. NLP improves the perspectives of individuals and can assist to build up a mutually supportive relationship.
Personal counseling: Certain problems among individuals such as allergy, phobia, trauma, and unwanted habits such as nail biting, snoring and the like can be relieved by using NLP. Counselors report a great increase in the effectiveness of their results with clients and their interventions are usually brief and successful.
Personal development: Physical and emotional well-being are greatly enhanced as you learn what you need to take charge of your life. You can learn how to change limiting beliefs so that you can better understand and achieve your highest potential.
Sports: Excellence in sports is a state of mind and unless the athletes are in a highly resourceful state, they cannot be performing at their best. NLP can be used to improve the state of resourcefulness for athletes of any level.