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Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP creates positive attitudes and behaviours helping people to understand and identify what success is and how they can create it for themselves. Each of us happens to possess in our skulls, the most sophisticated computers ever conceived of and no one thought to provide instructions. No wonder changing how we do the simplest task, often meets with failure.

If you climbed behind the wheel of a car for the very first time and had no instructions to guide you, how far do you think you'd get before driving into a ditch or up a telephone pole.

So, how do NLPer's create the knowledge necessary to learn how to operate our own minds?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) studies the structure of how humans think and experience the world. Obviously, the structure of something so subjective does not lend itself to precise, statistical formulae but instead leads to models of how these things work. From these models, techniques for quickly and effectively changing thoughts, behaviours and beliefs that limit you have been developed.

The following paragraph contains big, ugly, hard-to-understand words developed by a linguist.

Studying people who did things exquisitely well created many of the models in NLP. Models such as meta-model, metaprogram, sensory acuity, Milton-model, representational systems and submodalities among others, provide a diverse set of tools for creating change in yourself and others.

Someone who wanted to create a model for learning to drive a car really well, might approach an expert in the field something like this - Instead of asking an expert driver, " How do you drive?" ("Very well, thank you."), they would be concentrating not on the content of what they did but on the underlying structure such as how they represent driving in their mind, the beliefs and attitudes they had about driving, the strategies they used in making decisions, among other factors.

Let's use something called submodalities as an example of how a model works. By understanding how we perceive the world through our five senses, we can then understand how some people can respond very resourcefully in a situation and others do not. Once you learn how those who remain resourceful set up their representations, then it's a simple matter to teach others to do the same thing.

The Example: Imagine seeing an enormous spider dangling directly in front of your face. Now clear your mind (sorry, didn't want to leave that image hanging around). A common way for people to have a phobic reaction to spiders or anything related to them is to picture a spider completely oversized and far too close in their minds.

Spiders are tiny, well-mannered creatures that are far more frightened of you than you should be of them but try telling that to someone with that particular phobia.

So, why don't these phobic people notice the images they're creating? The popular belief is that we don't pay much attention to what's going on in our unconscious. If you considered the enormous amount of information your brain has to process each day, it's probably best that we don't spend much time dwelling on it (otherwise, we would probably sit around babbling and drooling and eventually starve to death).

Well, what do we do about our friend with the phobia, Extra-strength cans of Raid for a house-warming gift?

NLPer’s ask the question, "If another person can have fun playing with their pet spider, what can we learn about them that we could teach the phobic person so they can play with spiders, too?" (Or something like that). The spider-lover would most likely have an image representing spiders that was proportionally correct and at a reasonable distance and possibly other factors not worth getting into right now. Knowing the difference, the NLPer can use one of many techniques to help the phobic person relearn their reaction to spiders so that it is similar in nature to the spider-lover's (hopefully less of the lover part).

The above example may sound complicated but phobia treatments often take less than half an hour. A powerful change with a minimal investment of time and effort.

NLP is based on many useful presuppositions that support the attitude that change is imminent. One of the most important is, NLP is about what works, not what should work. In other words, if what you're doing isn't working, try something else, anything else, regardless of whether what you had been doing should have worked. Flexibility is the key element in a given system, the one who is most likely to do well responds to changing (or unchanging) circumstances. That's one reason NLP has made so much progress in an area where such is not the norm. Innovators try out things with little regard as to its "truth" or "reality", NLP is much more interested in results and giving people what they want from life.

This is the end of the Introduction to NLP. What you have just read is very incomplete but hopefully gives you a taste of what NLP is about.

I highly recommend you continue your investigation of how NLP can enhance all aspects of your life from improving your relationships with loved ones, learning to teach effectively, gaining a stronger sense of self esteem, greater motivation, better understanding of communication, enhancing your business or career, bending steel bars in a single bound and an enormous amount of other things that involve the use of your brain.

Another expert who uses his NLP skills in all areas of personal development, enhancement and wellness is Paul Mckenna. Why not click here and visit his Online Store and browse his other personal development books, CD's and NLP courses.

paul mckenna nlp ways to change your life in 7 daysChange your life in 7 days - Paul Mckenna

Success and happiness are not accidents that happen to some people and not to others. They are created by specific ways of thinking and acting in the world. Learn how to master your emotions and run your own brain, how to have supreme self-confidence and become the person you really want to be. Paul McKenna's simple seven-day plan really will change your life for ever.


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Would you like to eat whatever you like and still lose wheight? Would you like to feel really happy with your body? Then this amazing book and CD can help you! Welcome to a revolutionary new way to stop overeating, control cravings and feel totally motivated to take exercise. Paul McKenna has developed a breakthrough weight-loss system that re-patterns your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs about yourself, your health and food to help you easily get control of your diet and lose weight permanently.

For more fantastic information on NLP we recommend the following:

intro to NLPIntroducing NLP– Joseph O'Connor/John Seymour

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology. This handbook describes in simple terms what gifted people do differently, and enables the reader to learn these patterns of excellence. This approach gives the practical skills used by outstanding communicators. Excellent communication is the basis of creating excellent results. The purpose of NLP is to increase personal choice - it provides powerful and elegant tolls for change in a changing world. NLP skills are proving invaluable for personal development and counselling, education and business.


Sue Knight's work was transformed when she began to apply the thinking and skills that constitute NLP. She uses it for herself and for the consultancy and training work that she does..... She wanted to make NLP accessible to people in business without all the jargon that sometimes accompanies this subject. This book is meant as a comprehensive introduction to how NLP can be used in this way by starting with yourself and then exploring how by the changes that you make to yourself you influence everyone around you. You will find many different things under the banner of NLP

magic in action richard bandlerMagic in Action – Richard Bandler

I know that the best way to take onboard how powerful NLP can be is to see it (and hear, and feel, and taste, and smell it!) in action, and this is an opportunity to do just that.
If you like to be amazed and dazzled by the superhuman communication skills of Mr. Bandler then buy this book, read it and say 'wow' to yourself a lot.


time for a change richard bandler booksTime for a Change – Richard Bandler

This book is fantastic... it is extremely easy to read, understand and even use... He has written it in the way he teaches. It is a lot of fun to read, things that I used to find confusing suddenly become clear... didn't it? If you, like me, want to learn more about state of the art hypnosis and belief work this is the book for you


structure of magic nlp book richard bandlerStructure of Magic – Richard Bandler

This is one of the standard indispensable NLP texts. It mostly deals with the relationship between linguistics and perceptions and explains the Meta Model in detail. Some useful transcripts of therapy sessions are also included.


structure of magic 2 in the series author richard bandlerThe Structure of Magic 2

What you REALLY have to know before reading this book is what NLP is. It's an AMAZING book for those like me who want to know what's "behind" the magic of NLP shown in the previous book. It's a little difficult to manage for those who do not know the basis, but I think you can manage it anyway! Great content, great author, Great (as always) style.


Other Inspiring Breakthrough pages within this Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) section;

Introduction to NLP
Representational Systems & Submodalities
Sensory Acuity

Individual Performance Improvement
Team Performance Improvement
Accelerated Learning
Business Growth Performance


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