What Is Neuro Linguistic Programming?

You’ve probably all heard of NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming, but what really is it? And how can we use it to help us? NLP has only been around since 1970, but it has had huge effects on millions of people’s lives, changing them for the better. Created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, it helps with a variety of personal problems, some of which we feel holds us back and stops as achieving what we want.

What Is NLP?

NLP is the practice of learning how to control your own brain and how to communicate more effectively. I’m sure we all like to think we are in complete control of ourselves, but think about your phobias and your nerves, these are things that without NLP we cannot control. Through using NLP you can learn to control anything that you feel holds you back in life, you can also learn to have better relationships and communicate better.

How Does It Work?

NLP can be carried out by a professional, or it can be self taught. Once the problems are out lined which you want to change, you then need to understand why it is you do what you do. For example why do you feel nervous about public speaking? Deep down there is a reason behind it. Once you have recognised this you can begin to work towards changing the way in which you think and banish negative thoughts and feelings.

What Can It Help With?

NLP can help with nearly any negative problems, all our habits and the feelings we have towards particular situations are learnt, so it’s thought we can just as easily forget them again when using the correct methods. NLP can help with-

  • Communication problems
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Bad Habits
  • Learning disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Psychosomatic illness

Does It Work For Everyone?

NLP is only effective if you are committed to it. It is something you have to think about everyday as you are consciously trying to change your daily thought pattern and attitudes. Some people may find this fairly easy and be able to manage NLP without a professional. I would always advise carrying out NLP training if you decide you would like to try NLP. Taking part in training at the beginning puts you in a great position to continue and succeed as you will learn exactly how to manage your own NLP. You may wish to seek professional advice during the time in which you carry out NLP.

Eilidh MacRae is writing on behalf of Performance Partnership and would reccomend them for NLP training.