basic premise of Neuro linguistic programming (NLP)
is that the words we use reflect an inner, subconscious perception
of our problems. If these words and perceptions are inaccurate,
as long as we continue to use them and to think of them, the
underlying problem will persist. In other words, our attitudes
are, in a sense, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
word Neuro linguistic programming can be broken down
to three distinct words:
refers to the brain and neural network that feeds into the
brain. Neurons or nerve cells are the working units used by
the nervous system to send, receive, and store signals that
add up to information.
refer to the content, both verbal and non-verbal, that moves
across and through these pathways.
is the way the content or signal is manipulated to convert
it into useful information. The brain may direct the signal,
sequence it, change it based on our prior experience, or connect
it to some other experience we have stored in our brain to
convert it into thinking patterns and behaviors that are the
essence of our experience of life.
experiences and feelings affect the way we react to external
stimuli. Let me illustrate. I am afraid of snakes. The impulse
I get if I see a snake or even hear a sound close to resembling
that of a snake is a feeling of total fright. This is because,
I was born in an area infested with several deadly snakes.
One day a boy from my neighborhood came to our house. He knocked
on the door. I opened the door. He had a snake in his hand.
He wanted to show me the prize catch he had. He was holding
it like we hold a pet cat. For him it was a pet. So, it gave
him lot of joy to hold one. To me, it gave a migraine headache!
myself and my neighbor boy saw the same thing. The same signal
was passed to our brain. It was the picture of a snake. However,
our brains interpreted the implications of the snake entirely
differently. In processing the information, our brains used
our experiences (good and bad), our biases, our opinions,
our value systems, etc. to convert it into useful information
that we can use.
linguistic programming (NLP for short) was developed
in the early 1970s by an information scientist and a linguist
at the University of California at Santa Cruz. They had observed
that people with similar education, training, background,
and years of experience were achieving widely varying results
ranging from wonderful to mediocre. They wanted to know the
secrets of effective people. What makes them perform and accomplish
things. They were especially interested in the possibility
of being able to duplicate the behavior, and therefore the
competence, of these highly effective individuals. It was
the golden era of modeling and simulation. They decided to
model human excellence. They looked at factors such as education,
business and therapy. They have then zeroed in on the communication
aspect. They started studying how the successful people communicated
(verbal language, body language, eye movements, and others).
By modeling their behavior, John Grinder and Richard
Bandler were able to make out patterns of thinking that
assisted in the subject's success. The two theorized that
the brain can learn the healthy patterns and behaviors and
that this would bring about positive physical and emotional
effects. What emerged from their work came to be known as
basic premise of NLP is that the words we use reflect
an inner, subconscious perception of our problems. If these
words and perceptions are inaccurate, they will create an
underlying problem as long as we continue to use and to think
them. Our attitudes are, in a sense, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
neuro linguistic therapist will analyze every word and phrase
you use in describing your symptoms or concerns about your
health. He or she will examine your facial expressions and
body movements. After determining problems in your perception,
the therapist will help you understand the root cause. The
therapist will help you remodel your thoughts and mental associations
in order to fix your preconceived notions. These preconceived
notions may be keeping you from achieving the success you
will help you get out of these unhealthy traits and replace
them with positive thoughts, and patterns that promote wellness.