What is NLP?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) Is a method of influencing brain behavior (neuro) through the use of language (linguistic) and other types of communication to enable a person to "recode" the way the brain responds to stimuli (programming) and create new and better behaviors.
NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970's by studying the world's most effective therapists, including gestalt therapist Fritz Perls, the innovative family therapist Virginia Satir and in particular the father of modern hypnotherapy, psychiatrist Dr Milton H Erickson. It is system which seeks to change ones patterns of mental and emotional behavior.
How Does NLP Work?
Think about this...was there a time when you decided you would change a dysfunctional behavior and do something different only to find you unconsciously repeated the same old habit?
Have you ever wondered why you repeat the old behavior?
Negative emotions and limiting behaviors tend to be stronger than your logical conscious mind and as habits / patterns are generated and stored by the unconscious mind the change needs to occur at the unconscious level!
If it were as easy as saying 'I will give that up right now' then we would all be making the changes.
Unwanted behaviors and beliefs have been learned and stored at an unconscious level, and these may no longer serve you. For example, as a child you may have 'learnt' to become afraid of spiders, this may have been because the first time you saw a spider the adults in the room showed you how to 'behave' by running away from the spider. This is then stored at an unconscious level and every time you now see a spider you react automatically in the same way. It becomes an automatic unconscious response which you are unable to change consciously, this is the same for phobias and fears and they can only be changed at the unconscious level.
What Does NLP Treat?
NLP will allow you to create new neurological pathways, this will create behaviors that better serve you for your life and eliminate old destructive patterns of behavior. NLP can help anything that you do in life that requires thought, either conscious or unconscious.
- Habits and addictions
- Self image and self esteem
- Public speaking
- Chronic pain
- Asthma and allergies
- Fears and phobias
- Past trauma
- Eating disorders
- Weight control