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What is Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. NLP is a highly effective methodology that can be applied to communications, personal development, and therapy. When I think of NLP a quote from Einstein comes to mind, “I don’t care for simplicity unless it’s on the other side of complexity.” This is what NLP does, it studies complex psychological issue and finds the most power and elegant way to solve them.

NLP is an elegant set of tools that create massive change in a short amount of time.

NLP was developed by studying three of the brightest minds in the field of psychotherapy. The question that Richard and John were trying to answer was how these exceptional therapists consistently delivered such amazing results. When Richard and John asked Milton Erickson (clinical hypnotist), Virginia Satir (grandmother of social work), and Fritz Perl (founder of Gestalt therapy) how they were able to get such amazing results they were met with silence or platitudes. Something magical was happening in these therapy sessions but the therapists were unable to articulate what they were doing because the magic was happening at a subconscious level.

NLP Modeling

The genius of Richard and John was developing modeling. Modeling uncovered what was going on inside the therapist’s head when they achieved these miraculous breakthroughs. Once Richard and John modeled the therapist they could teach that skill set to a volunteer. And miraculously that volunteer could deliver breakthroughs to patients even though they were not a therapist themselves. This became a watershed moment for humanity where Masters at their craft could be modeled and these models could empower mere mortals to deliver similar results.

Patterns of excellence

One of the things that set NLP apart from other psychological modalities is that NLP studies excellence. For example, in traditional psychology, it takes months if not years to get someone to overcome a phobia. Papers are published about these “damaged” people. The focus is on the issue not on the cure.

The founders of NLP took a very different approach. They put an ad in the paper asking for people that had overcome their phobias. They asked them to come in for a conversation. They modeled each one of these mavericks and paid attention to the similarities in each one of the models. From that, they developed a model that allows people to let go phobias in a matter of minutes.

This is the beauty of NLP, we study excellence and propagated our findings so we make the world a better place.

NLP has the power to overcome issues like the ones listed below with speed and consistency.

  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety
  • Testing Issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Suicide
  • Public Speaking

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