The world we have created is a product of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
'Neuro' refers to the mind and how we organise our mental life. 'Linguistic' is about language, how we use it and how it affects us. 'Programming' is about the patterns of behaviour that we run and how we act with purpose.
NLP originated in the early 1970s with the collaboration of Richard Bandler, a psychologist, and John Grinder, a linguist. Together they evolved a powerful change process which they called 'modelling'. They looked at the language, behaviour and ideas of therapists renowned for their ability to facilitate deep change in their clients.
They modelled Fritz Perls, the psychologist who created the Gestalt therapy, Virginia Satir who laid the foundations for modern family therapy and Milton Erickson, one of the most extraordinary clinical hypnotherapists the world has ever known.
They also studied others whose work produced exceptional results.
It has been said that psychology is about discovering and using a blueprint for the mind but NLP provides the instructions for changing that blueprint. NLP identifies patterns of behaviour and changes the programming. It also looks at the patterns of excellence and enables the transfer of these skills to others. It has become part of the best practice of excellence in business, education, coaching, therapy and health.
The Four Principles of NLP :
1. Building rapport with yourself and others
2. Setting goals or outcomes - knowing what you want
3. Using your senses to collect information about what is happening to you and how others are operating
4. Being flexible and realizing that there are choices about how you behave.
Where NLP can help
- Change unwanted behaviour (for example stop smoking, lose weight)
- Alter limiting beliefs in order to be able to achieve the things that you want in life
- Improve health and well being
- Let go of negative emotions and limiting decisions
- Create the future that you want
- Overcome phobias
- Build confidence
- Change your physical and mental state
- Model successful performance
- Work with grief and loss
- Recover from trauma
- Overcome depression and anxiety
- Manage eating disorders
- Make decisions about career choice etc.
- Learn how to optimise your learning opportunities
- Develop strategies to generate new ways of behaving.
Their work produced a powerful toolbox of processes which enable radical changes in the way we think, feel and behave. Many brilliant minds have been drawn to the field and have built on the original work to create a psychotherapeutic tool which is famed for the rapidity of the changes it brings about.
I regret that due to a serious illness, I will be unable to continue the practice, as I will shortly undergo major surgery and I am unlikely to be back at work until January. Please try Isobel Dinwoodie on 0141-563-0081 as she is an excellent therapist. I wish all of you happiness.