The Power of NLP

If you are interested in personal development you will no doubt have heard of a science or school of thought called NLP. Although it has been around for a number of decades, still relatively little is known by the average person about what it is, how it works and the power it has to instigate positive changes in a person’s life. This article will explore NLP and look at how it is able to produce such profound results in human behavior and ultimately goal achievement.

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. It is a science that was created by two men in the 70’s, a mathematician and a linguist by the names of Richard Bandler and John Grinder. The name was created as Neuro refers to the brain, Linguistic refers to the study of words language while programming refers to the ability of our mind to be programmed into creating the results and behaviors we desire. In other words NLP is essentially about the study of the way language patterns can be used to program our brains to achieve certain outcomes.

NLP is used for many reasons and among many types of individually. From business people, to athletes, to students, to parents and much more, NLP is recognized by many achievers and authorities as being an amazingly effective way to elicit behavioral changes such as eliminating phobias or addictions, enhance performance, improve focus and increase productivity.

There are a few elements of NLP that are particularly exciting and that are generally the causes of the most radical results it produces.

NLP recognizes that behavior is the result of our emotional state at any given time. The distinction is then made that by altering that emotional state through effective inner communication and representation, we can alter that behavior.

This inner communication can come in many forms, prominent of which is that of mental imagery. NLP recognizes that any state we can be in, any way we can feel can be recreated by identifying the mental imagery that has previously accompanied their occurrence. For example a feeling of blissfulness can be created by manipulating the mental imagery you currently hold of a time in your life when you felt that same feeling.

This theory becomes particularly powerful by what in NLP is called modeling. Modeling suggests that we can emulate the behavior of any individual in any situation by identifying the state they are in when they produce that behavior and the modalities that accompany and create that state. Behavior, skill, emotion of any kind is literally transferable as though it’s on a CD that we can insert into our minds and play whenever we like!

And this is just the beginning. NLP is an exciting and constantly developing science that holds many keys to influencing behavior and the quality of human life.

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