Neuro refers to the whole nervous system and brain, through which we perceive; Linguistics emphasizes the importance of the language we use, both to others and more importantly to ourselves. The language we use to describe, communicate and symbolize our experience of reality. Programming refers to our automatisms, corresponding to the way we encode the information perceived by our senses.
NLP is an art as much as a science that deals with our states/ values and our results/ objectives.
NLP is effective and solution-oriented. It is a brief and strategic therapy. Its objective is to mobilize our unconscious resources..
In NLP, there is no question of proof, but of results; it is totally practical and solution focused.
NLP does not diagnose a person’s health or mental illness. It deals with the process and its structure, and is in no way classification oriented.
NLP allows the individual to identify the values (and anti values) that motivate our behavior, it allows the individual to find reason.
NLP identifies our strategies to optimize them. Our strategies are what we do during our consciousness to get our results.
NLP therapy also involves learning how to correctly think about our past to achieve the results we want.
The root of NLP is based on what is called “modelling” rather than “theory”. A model is a description of how something works, without any commitment regarding why it may be that way.
NLP and psychotherapy have different assumptions, different methodologies, different measures and different concepts in practice. Traditional psychology usually divides the mind into three essentials partitions: The id, the ego and the super ego. While NLP also has “parts model”, it is mainly metaphorical, positive and extensible.
“Parts integration” is one example of an NLP change process, among many others. Behaviours include thought structures like beliefs and values, patterns and sequences of cognition, memory, sensory representation, the linguistic structure in thinking., none of which can be directly observed externally, not can their effects be directly, causally connected with measurable external observations.
Neuro Linguistic Programming was born in 1975 from the work of John Grinder and Richard Bandler, whose objectives were to understand the effectiveness of three of the most effective therapists of the time, Milton H. Erickson, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Fritz Pearls, founder of Gestalt Therapy, and Virginia Satir, a famous family therapist.
By analyzing the methods and modeling these exceptionally effective therapists and methodologies, Bandler and Grinder deduced some fundamental principles or presuppositions, tools to replicate and apply those models in all areas of life.
Today, NLP has become a very broad discipline, covering both therapy and individual change, communication, marketing, politics and much more.
We can master our emotions and states, optimize the way we experience our reality(ies) or states, drawing from our own unlimited creative resources, those of the unconscious. We can remove our old limiting patterns of thoughts and behaviors by replacing them with new or modified ones, more in line with our goals.
Scope of Neuro-Linguistic Therapy
Some of the problems for which NLP Psychotherapy is effective:
Struggle with weight loss, suffering from stress, stop smoking, lack of confidence in yourself, drink too much, problems with anger, advice with relationships, family problems that are affecting you, anxieties, fears, phobias, coping with bullying, improving communications with a partner or work colleague, understanding your own processes better, sexual identity problems, dealing with teenagers, depression, panic attacks, emotional problems, dealing with grief, dealing with rejection, marital breakdown, psychosomatic disorders, sexual problems, pain control, obsessive compulsive disorders OCD, post traumatic stress disorder PTSD, seasonal affective disorder SAD, compulsions, past life regression, paranoia, rejection, neurotic patterns of behaviour, eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia, sleeping disorders, mood disorders.
NLP developer, Dr David J. Lincoln: ANLP