NLP: What is it? There are almost as many descriptions as there are
NLP practitioners. This however, is my interpretation.,
NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of how we as
individuals communicate. Both with ourselves and others.
It is about understanding what we are, and maximizing
Neuro: This is the study of how we use the mind
Linguistic: This is the study of communication, both verbal and non
verbal Programming: This looks at how we sequence experience and
how this effects our behaviour patterns.
It does all this using an ever increasing array of techniques, some of
which will be examined as we move through this series of articles.
To start, this article looks at one of the NLP fundamentals.
This is a statement which presupposes the condition to be true.
There are many of them, for the purposes of this article. I will evaluate
five. The very first one appears in all the books and studies I have
viewed. It forms the basis of how we view and interpret the
world around us
1 The Map is not the Territory:
Simply stated, we all experience the world around us in the same way.
Yet, it's our interpretation of those experiences which make them unique
to us. We lliterally create our own versions of reality.
NLP techniques, work towards recognizing how
other people do this, and then attempts to communicate
with these people on their own own wavelength.
This empathy generated, leads to a stronger and more trusting
relationships between people
2 If you want to understand ACT.
This for me simply means that action is the end result of desire, as
understanding comes through the doing.
3 Having a choice, is much better than not having a choice.
This is a fairly obvious statement, We always have a choice,
however the essence of it for me was not so much in having a
choice. The art is in deciding which choice to choose.
4 We make the best choice we can, at the time we made it.
Once again a fairly obvious statement. Decisions are made, based
on an accumulation of facts, that were relevant at the time the
decisions were made.
Whatever happens after will simply validate, whether the decision
achieved it's purpose or not. The laments of hindsight should have
no bearing on the outcomes resulting from that decision.
5 All actions have a purpose.
Once again, an obvious statement, yet one which is at the core
of our process.
Actions are never random, they always have a purpose. Although we
may not be fully aware of what that purpose is.
These then are five of the NLP core statements.
There are many more and any further study of the subject will include
these. The simple purpose of the presupposition is to ask questions
about experience. In seeking answers, we create understanding.
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