How does NLP work?
Think about this…was there a time when you decided you would change a dysfunctional behavior and do something different only to find you unconsciously repeated the same old habit?
Have you ever wondered why you repeat the old behavior?
Negative emotions and limiting behaviors tend to be stronger than your logical conscious mind and as habits/patterns are generated and stored by the unconscious mind the change needs to occur at the unconscious level!
If it were as easy as saying ‘I will give that up right now’ then we would all be our own therapists.
Unwanted behaviours and beliefs have been learned and stored at an unconscious level, and these may no longer serve you. For example, as a child you may have ‘learnt’ to become afraid of spiders, this may have been because the first time you saw a spider the adults in the room showed you how to ‘behave’ by running away from the spider. This is then stored at an unconscious level and every time you now see a spider you react automatically in the same way. It becomes an automatic unconscious response which you are unable to change consciously, this is the same for phobias and fears and they can only be changed at the unconscious level.
This is also true of limiting beliefs, you may be letting a belief that you formed at a young uniformed age hold you back today, like ‘I am not worthy’. This is only a belief, it is not true and therefore can be changed at an unconscious level to a belief that will empower you life.
Often people do not consciously know what and especially how they do something. This is where NLP is important. It helps you see and understand how you can change the responses and behaviours that don’t work for you to the ones that allow you to life your life to the full. It’s Your Life, so Live It!
What does NLP treat?
How useful would it be to have a manual for the brain? A users guide? According to William James one of the founders of American Psychology, the average person uses only 10% of their brains full potential. NLP allows you to better understand your mind and enables you to access the excellence you already inherently have.
NLP will allow you to create new neurological pathways, this will create behaviors that better serve you for your life and eliminate old destructive patterns of behavior.
In a nut shell, NLP can help anything that you do in life that requires thought, either conscious or unconscious.
- Life coaching
- Resourcefulness in career and relationships
- Achieving your goals
- Success in sports
- Habits and addictions
- Weight control
Anyone can learn NLP and people often attend NLP practitioner programmes to learn skills for themselves to use in their work, relationships, spiritual journey and more.
Published: Sunday Guardian, Feb 3 2013