What NLP can do for you, what it is, and how and why it works
NLP – What it can do for you
NLP offers you the 'how' to change anything you're feeling, thinking or doing that you'd rather was different. Visit our Therapy/Coaching page for some examples.
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NLP – What it is
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Neuro = Brain & Nervous System
Linguistic = Language
Programming = How our patterns of thinking and behaving are shaped
More about that…
Let’s start at the end, and substitute the word “Shaping” for “programming”. From birth - or even before - our life experiences shape us, encompassing nature and nurture.
Because we have language (linguistics), this plays a vital part in the way we think - how we represent experiences in our minds (neuro-linguistics). How we think shapes the way we respond to experiences not only when they happen, but on an ongoing basis. Responses (feelings and behaviours) begin in our minds, triggered by neural pathways in our brains (“Neuro”).
NLP – How and why it works
NLP works with how we are creating our thinking patterns, rather than what we are thinking about. This means that there is no need to endlessly talk about or analyse “issues”. Your practitioner gathers just enough information to understand how best to facilitate the changes you want.
More about that…
Our habitual ways of feeling, behaving, believing and thinking are formed unconsciously, often in micro-seconds. For instance, a person who developed a phobia about injections (also known as a ‘needle phobia’) didn’t consciously think “Oh, that hurt! That could kill me! I’m going to generalise that and always be really, really afraid of all needles”.
No, somewhere in their very creative tangle of neurons, a misconnection was made between the experience (the injection) and their survival instinct. The result was an unuseful fear response disproportionate to the threat - a bit like wiring the doorbell up to the burglar alarm!
NLP is so effective because it works at the same unconscious level at which unuseful feelings, behaviours, beliefs and thoughts were shaped. In the case of a phobia, the process quickly reverses the misconnection, restoring healthy proportion to the person’s threat-assessment instinct - wiring the doorbell back to the chimes.