It is a form of therapy if you will targeting the reprogramming of those patterns that may have been unhealthy in the client's life.
It targets changes in thinking, behavior and in how one views past memories when it comes to how they relate to his current problems
NLP is can to some resemble hypnosis but it does not involve one having to be "under hypnosis"
There are multiple techniques used to evoke changes in the client.
These techniques are based on Kinestetic, Auditory and Visual stimulation of the client's mind
Do you have a specific concern about NLP?
It is quite effective
And short term therapy versus traditional counseling
Can you provide an example of someone using NLP?
Yes, For example - a person who fears driving
NLP would be used to reprogram this person's fears to where they no longer are fears/obstacles
One technique could be asking the client to imagine onself in a movie theater observing themselves driving onto the movie screen
Another would be imagining oneself being behind the projectors station
A following one would be imagining oneself driving but in the role of the actor on the screen
And lastly, the person would be asked to mentally put oneself in the role of driving their own car
By doing this, the client starts to reshape their view of driving and thus address/manage their fear
You would think people do that already, how would putting yourself in the role of driving a car (something you are afraid to do) rid the fear of driving?
Which, they become to understand is unreasonable
and a hindrance
Because it is all done on the mental level with the guidance of the NLP clinician and while guiding the client in this, the client starts to experience different physiological and psychological associations
It is like EMDR used in PTSD patients
We are getting out of layman's terms here...
The brain can't distiquish b/w true and false statements
Meaning, when the person mentally experience onself driving w/o being anxious, the brain adopts that as true- driving= absence of fear
So you change the programming of the brain (ridding the fear) by thinking of positive (or at least non-negative) experiences?
You change how the brain views the situation
Like in autosuggestion but the client does it volitionally
Can NLP also be a form a learning? i.e. not necessarily changing an experience in the brain
Can you maybe provide another example?
NLP can be helpful in understanding not only about one's behavior but that of others.
Yes, just a sec
For example, a person who is more of a visual learner would be given directives where he is visually stimulated. Example- the person is told to picture things in detail in a certain scenario. If you're working with someone who is an auditory learner, you can use that by asking them to "hear" But, if you want to incorporate all of these - auditory, visual and kinestetic forms of experiencing one's environment, the person can learn to apply those in their life as well
what is kinestetic?
Physical as in body movement
and if you are a visual leaner, and all of the sudden start incorporating auditory learning in your life, how is that going to all of the sudden make someone an auditory learner?
A person who's going to apply the auditory learning may be asked to study while listening to a particular sort of music. This was widely done by the therapist Lozanov
And now called the Mozart effect but I'd like to think it's different
It is like the brain making associations and mapping the reaction of the individual
Or rather the new reaction
But if you are a visual learner, you are just that. If you start incorporating music, your brain will just change and you will then become an auditory learner as well?
Yes, you can use more than one of these. It generally is said that one is predominant but you can utilze all 3 modes of learning at any given time. NLP can allow the person to become more active in doing so
for their benefit
I'd like to say that you can think of NLP like hypnosis without the trance state
So you are incorporating music into your studies and therefore should start to retain more?
Yes, the right form of music. For example, there is music/MP3 files that stimulate the Gamma brain waves of the brain (associated with concentration/focus)
Or, if the person is anxious about tests/performance, they can use that music that stimulates the Alpha brain waves in the brain
to evoke relaxation
Thus, the brain mapps a different way of handling things that initially were problematic in the person's life
Hence NLP for the neurolinquistic programming of the individual
Anythign else I could assist you with?
Not sure if you're still online. Feel free to reply.
A person imagines that they are the actor they observe who is driving (seeing that onto the movie scree in their mind's eye) Thus, there is a disassociation b/w oneself and the fear of driving (since they're only an observer in this scenario)
There is no emotional reaction at this moment since it is in their mind "make belief" Yet, the brain registers driving without fear.