NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Mindcontrol, Occult World

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an incredibly powerful discipline that enables people to unblock the structures of human communication and human excellence. By doing so people can think, communicate and manage themselves, and others, more effectively.

NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes).

By studying and learning from these relationships people can effectively transform the way they traditionally think and act, adopting new, far more successful models of human excellence. (This activity is called modelling and is a key feature that distinguishes NLP from psychology).

In effect, NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. That’s why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development.

NLP can help you to:

Be more successful by learning to influence your emotional and psychological states.
Replace negative behaviors and habits with positive ones.
Transform the way you go about everyday tasks.
Be more aware of your impact on others and how to manage your behaviour for optimal results.
Better understand your own motivations, needs and behaviors and use these positively to have the greatest impact.
Better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors.
Improve and enhance your interpersonal communication at the office and at home.

Frequently Asked Questions :

– 1. How is NLP useful for me?
As NLP offers a window (through modelling) into the way we function (our neuro-linguistic programmes), it offers (as an application of NLP methodology) a technology for creating change. If you want to have more choices about your behaviour and emotions, to enhance your communication and relationships and develop new abilities in your thinking, then NLP can provide you with the technology for accomplishing that. It generates lasting life skills (one of the consequences of quality NLP training).

There are now multiple applications of NLP for psychology and counseling, education, business modelling, corporate cultural change, management development, sport performance, personal development and coaching.

– 2. What is NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)?
NLP explores the relationship between how we think (neuro), how we communicate both verbally and non-verbally (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes) (Collingwood and Collingwood; 2001).

It is both an epistemology, in that it studies how we know what we know and a methodology for creating practical descriptions of how we function as human beings. The purpose of NLP is to study, describe and transfer models of human excellence. (Modelling).

There are a number of descriptions of what is NLP. The founders of NLP Dr. John Grinder and Richard Bandler defined NLP as the study of the structure of subjective experience (Dilts et al; 1980). Judith DeLozier and John Grinder (1987) define NLP as “an accelerated learning strategy for the detection and utilization of patterns in the world”. We think of NLP as a field that explores the patterns of organisation of effective human intuition (Collingwood and Collingwood; 2001). Through modelling an expert’s intuitive application of their skill, we can as Neuro-Linguistic Programmers, have those patterns of organisation for ourselves and / or make them available to others. Modelling is the core function of NLP, learning to model (self and others) the core activity of NLP practitioner and NLP master practitioner certification trainings.

For practical purposes, learning NLP thoroughly will sharpen your observation and listening ability and enable you to identify patterns in people’s behaviour and language so you can respond to the subtext of their communication. This will enable you to communicate more effectively and cut through distractions. At the same time, your own thinking will benefit from these skills as you learn to identify the direction you want to take in conversation and action. These benefits only happen with live training and practice. If you settle for a short “practitioner” course, the chances are you will be given a sheaf of scripts which limit your ability to use the material in real life.

– 3. In what ways can I explore NLP for my benefit?
Through reading books and articles, through coaching with an NLP trained coach or through a quality NLP seminar or training course. Note that you can only learn about NLP through reading. To learn to use NLP fluently in real time interactions there is no substitute for live experience. Reading is an excellent means of researching to help you decide when or whether you want to learn NLP. Then reading offers additional descriptions and background to enrich your live exposure.

Reading: There are over 100 books now written on NLP. The books range from support material for studying NLP through to applications of NLP to business communication, relationship counselling, education, psychotherapy and general personal development. We have specific recommendations for Practitioner of NLP level reading and Master Practitioner of NLP level reading. Also there is a section of this site devoted to NLP book reviews.

Coaching: Have a consultation or coaching session with an NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner or NLP Trainer and experience using NLP to make a change and achieve an outcome. If you live in Australia consider visiting an Inspiritive Life Coach. See the Life Coaching Web site.

Seminars: Many NLP organisations have short seminars ranging from 1 day introductions through to 3 to 5 day application seminars. We have a regular evening introduction called Gateway to Excellence that is taught every 4 weeks. We also have some 5 day application seminars and seminars with Guest presenters. See Guest Seminars. Please note that we only invite the world’s best in NLP to present seminars for Inspiritive.

Training in NLP: You could do a professional training course in NLP. In the past Certification trainings were offered at the levels of Practitioner of NLP, Master Practitioner of NLP and Trainer of NLP. We now offer a professional qualification in NLP, the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the first recognised higher education qualification in NLP in the world. See our brochure for the Vocational Graduate Certificate in NLP course of study. We continue to offer NLP Trainers Training.

– 4. What standards should I expect for a Practitioner of NLP training?
Time: A minimum of 20 days and 130 hours is the recognised time standard for Practitioner of NLP training for most NLP Associations. The nationally accredited course in Practitioner of NLP that we used to offer required 160 contact hours. Unfortuately some training organisations have created closed associations for their graduates. These are framed as broad associations that endorse a lesser time standard (usually seven days) for Practitioner of NLP certification. Other associations such as the Association for NLP (UK) or the National Association for NLP (USA) are open to practitioners from many training organisations. Please note that the short so called “accelerated” and “fast track” 7 day NLP trainings do not in our opinion meet Practitioner of NLP standards

Accreditation: In the interest of comprehensive NLP training and quality standards, we have superseded NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses through government accreditation of a professional qualification the 22133VIC Vocatioal Graduate Certificate in NLP.

– 5. What do “Process” and “Content Mean?
Process not Content: The field of NLP makes the distinction between process and content. NLP is a process (not content) model. Content models are not NLP! I have seen books marketed as NLP texts that contain content rituals under the guise of NLP techniques. Skilled NLP trainers make the distinction when teaching between process and pattern and content examples. NLP does not include mysticism or personality type labelling and training programmes that include these classes of material are not teaching pure NLP! NLP does not include content beliefs!

Content is the “story”; opinion, gossip or interpretation that scolours much communication. Process is the means of handling ideas and matters in the world. As an example of the distinction between process and content, artists paint pictures. They use specific processes to apply colour to canvas to achieve the effects they want. The content of a picture may be anything from an image of a person to a tree or an abstract composition. A commissioned artwork requires the client to provide the content while the artist provides the process.

An important area of NLP is how we use our attention. We can discover this most simply by participating in live experiential exercises and learn to refine and harness our natural abilities. This is a totally process based activity. On the other hand, many people in the NLP community use a list of finite examples of attention and profile individuals according to that list, thereby limiting those people’s development.

– 6. What is the relationship between NLP and Timelines?
Timelines and timeline models are part of Neuro-Lingusitic Programming. Timelines as models in NLP originated in two forms. Mental timelines where modelled and described by Steve and Connirae Andreas, physical timelines by John Grinder and Robert Dilts. Most reputable NLP organisations teach more than one timeline process as part of their NLP Practitioner trainings and do not infer that timeline use is separate from NLP.

Timelines can be used to plan the future, review the past, re-awaken memory, manage projects and do change work. They can also be shortened, lengthened, re-shaped and adapted to improve an individual’s capacity for time management in a variety of contexts.

– 7. What is the relationship between NLP and accelerated learning?
As NLP explores and builds models (modelling) of how we do what we do (through providing a methodology that studies the relationship between how we think, communicate and behave), NLP provides a technology for accelerating learning. NLP deals in patterns of effective thinking and communication, so accelerated learning occurs as a byproduct of NLP methodology (multi-sensory teaching, multiple descriptions, pattern detection). NLP provides accelerated learning in and of itself without using the ‘accepted’ rituals of ‘Accelerated Learning’ (background music, coloured pens, scripted lessons, short activities). These were designed by Lozanov specifically for learning languages and later modified by Rose for wider application. They are part of a content description of a teaching method designed to engage the learners’ attention fully, in all senses and in different mind states. The engagement of these criteria is found in NLP without the content ritual of formal ‘accelerated learning’.

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