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  1. Jake.
    I am currently doing a Diploma on NLP, and am an NLP Practitioner so thought i'd write this.

    NLP was developed by academics such as Dr Richard Bandler and Dr John Grindler in California, America.

    This was largely a result of Psychotherapists/Counsellors using CBT and REBT and sometimes not having much success.

    The key thing with NLP is that it does not care about the past of a person, what went wrong, the negative.

    Instead it aims to replicate what the peak performers do in their field that makes them so great. Then that behaviour, through mindfullness, can be replicated in Depressed people for example.

    NLP concentrates on Submodalities

    Sight - Visual
    Hearing - Auditory
    Touch - Kenisthetic
    Smell - Olfactory
    Taste - Gustatory

    The idea is that through these submodalities each individual creates a different 'map' of the world, through which they perceive it.

    If I said think of a car, you would all have different pictures for example.

    The Linguistic element focusses on non verbal and verbal communication methods, the vast proportion of communication is body language and non verbal.

    It embraces the power of the 'child like self' and the power to imagine things which make YOU in control of your mood and able to change it.

    Here's an exercise;

    1. Think of the greatest feeling you've ever had in your life,

    2. Now imagine there is a massive IMAX cinema screen in front of you, make the image a moving film, add smell, taste, sights, touch and sounds.

    3. Now 'spin' that feeling forward, using your hands if you want, so that image gets faster and faster and more and more intense and smile!

    How much better do you feel?

    The same in reverse can be done for negative feelings. You turn up the contrast on the film, white it out so it's invisible, remove all the submodalities, and shrink the picture so it's tiny and far, far, far, away, like in the stratosphere, then crumble it away like a breadcrumb, poof!

    It's quick, and it works, and I love it.

Comments

  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Sounds like placebo to me. If you convince yourself that you feel good about something, or that you feel bad about something, it doesn't matter what rationale you use, it will work. Some people use God. Some people use 'Energy'. Some people use Neurolinguistic programming. Ultimately though, despite all these perspectives on reality, the only real fundamental truth is that human beings simply believe only what they can manage to convince themselves of.
  2. Jake.
    It has helped many of my clients and becomes part of their unconscious thought pattern with practice. It's quick, it works and I love it. Much better than drudging up old memories using CBT or REBT. They are often slow and painful in clinical practice. Many of my clients have found it a breath of fresh air to ridicule and laugh at their rediculous beliefs! Thanks for your feedback. In my opinion it's certainly not a placebo. I have given a very brief overview here. I could go on and on but it would probably bore most people! Thanks 5HTP
  3. Joe-(5-HTP)
    A priest could say pretty much what you said but using their religion.

    "Belief in God has helped many of my flock and becomes part of the unconscious thought pattern with practice. It's quick, it works and I love it"

    etc. But of course, there doesn't actually have to be a God in order for prayer to achieve psychological benefit.

    So don't underestimate the ability of a psychological placebo. Belief in God has already dictated the majority of the history of human consciousness. And yet, there is no God.

    Maybe the same is true for NLP.
  4. Jake.
    God and religion doesnt come up with scientific tools and methods of analysis.

    This academic area is part of the postmodern paradigm of science that is constant, fluid and ever changing,

    And yes, I do have a doctoral degree
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