Saturday, January 31, 2015

What is NLP?

NLP, which stands for Neuro-Linguistic Program, is an epistemological pragmatic discipline that is used to break destructive patterns and alter one’s behaviour for the better. Epistemology is really not that complex. In general, the term stands a branch of philosophy that examines the validity of knowledge and in the case of NLP therapy you are asked to question the validity of the way you perceive the world, what you believe is true and whether or not you are allowing yourself to be limited by any false conclusions that you have come up with as the result of the way you perceive thin. You are then given self-improvement strategies and techniques that can help you break from deluded or limiting beliefs that might be sabotaging your well-being so that you can replace them empowering patterns and behaviours.

Breaking Down The Science

The “neuro” part of neuro-linguistic refers to the science of neurology, the linguistic part refers to language and the programming part refers to how the mind relates to the body.  The goal of NLP is to gain complete control of all of our mental and cognitive processes. This means that we must start thinking more strategically and engage only with empowering beliefs rather than keep sinking into comfortable, chronically destructive and irrational patterns.

There are two basic premises that are behind the entire idea of NLP. Number one is to realize that what we perceive as our reality is limited by our senses and our beliefs. This informs how we respond to life events. Recognizing that we do not have to be limited by our beliefs and behaviours enables us to make strategic life choices that improve our immediate experience of reality. The result is that we are happier people in general that are in control of what we let affect us.

The premise is the recognition that all of our systems, including our bodies, mind and emotions are completely integrated and constantly seek a state of balance that keeps us in our comfort zone. However this comfort zone, called a state of homeostasis, may not be a healthy place for us mentally, emotionally or physically. NLP can help us to become more comfortable with the unfamiliar. We give our personalities permission to stretch to the limits so that we are always learning. We are provided with tools to optimize our mind, body and spirit connections so that we are more than ready to relish every moment of our existence and make the best of us.

NLP Heals You and Your Patients

NLP heals by showing us where our inner maps of perception are limited and how a belief in these boundaries might be also limiting our ability to see our options. This can help you and your patients are more effective human beings and you will not be limited because of a chronic bad habit or an erroneous belief for years.

NLP also teaches people how to develop multiple perspectives on a problem and also how to leave emotions out of decision making so that they have greater self control. The more ways you can look at a situation, the more effective you will also be when it comes to communicating with others and also problem solving. Instead of reacting to a bad reality you change your reality by developing the capacity to consider other actions and options than the ones that are limiting your personal potential.

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