Neuro-linguistic programming may be described as a positive form of programming the brain using language skills. The word ‘Neuro’ relates to neurological, as in the pathways of the brain. ‘Linguistic,’ of course, refers to language, as it is via verbal language that instructions are given. ‘Programming,’ relates to setting in place desired conditioning.
Have you ever sat at your computer and thought how great it is that you can just put a program into it and get the results that you are after? Well, NLP is similar in this respect. You can program your brain to behave in a certain way.
This may sound rather far fetched, but the creators of NLP, Bandler and Grinder, discovered it was possible in the 1970’s. Using a combination of what may be seen as hypnotherapy, or deep relaxation and brain programming they found people have the ability to have more control over their feelings and memories than they had ever thought possible.
Using NLP, you can literally change your memories of past traumatic events and make them seem more positive to you, or even make them fade away. This could be good news for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and people who have suffered from abuse in their past.
Counselors sometimes find their clients can benefit from a positive change to their stuck state, or problem. For some individuals, NLP is the answer to difficulties that are ingrained and hard to shift via simply discussing matters.
As NLP helps individuals feel more in control of their past and future, it means that they do not have to hand responsibility for their well-being, along with their personal power, to a counselor. This also means that they gain confidence in problem solving and their ability to deal with stress in the future.
NLP allows people to move forward in their lives, instead of constantly going over painful events until it makes them feel ill. It also helps people overcome fears and phobias that hinder their existence and ability to enjoy life and take advantage of opportunities fully.
However, NLP is not just for people who feel they have a problem to overcome. It can help increase positive aspects of the self, which everyone has, and make them even better.
The ability to streamline parts of people’s personality that could do with improvement and reinforce happy feelings is a major advantage of NLP over many forms of ‘help’ available today.