Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed in California in the mid 1970s by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. It combines three of the most influential components involved in producing human experience:
Neuro – The neurological system regulates how our bodies function. More than that though, it also defines through our sensory systems, what we perceive of the outside world, and provides the mechanisms for responding to it.
Linguistic – We communicate our understanding of the world by the language we use to describe it. Language determines the kinds of models of the world we create to make sense of our experiences.
Programming – We all have a tendency to habituate behaviour. These habits are like ‘programmes’ that are used automatically by our unconscious mind to run a large proportion of our behaviour.
Some of these programmes (or habits) are useful. For example we habitually clean our teeth, get dressed, find our way to work, look before crossing the road and even control a car without much conscious thought. We don’t consciously think about these routines, – it’s as if we do them on automatic.
Through repetition the unconscious mind has been programmed to take care of the mundane day-to-day activities leaving our conscious mind free to think of other things.
Sometimes, for our own protection, the unconscious mind makes snap decisions. For example, you only need to be burned once to know for ever more that it’s best to keep a safe distance from a fire.
However, sometimes the unconscious mind gets it wrong, or fails to update it’s information. A bad experience in a swimming pool as a child can be interpreted by the unconscious mind as meaning that all water is dangerous and so lead to a phobia. This would be an example of unwanted programming that could relatively easily and quickly be changed using a combination of NLP and Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
Sometimes events that happened to us long ago still seem to have the power to hurt and interfere with our ability to move on with our lives, effecting current relationships and our ability to enjoy the present moment.
There are powerful (yet simple) NLP techniques that can disrupt the neurological pathways in the brain so that the memories no longer have the same impact.
Even the negative effects of a traumatic experience like child abuse and/or neglect can be greatly helped using these techniques and often more quickly than you would have imagined possible. Although the memories don’t usually go away completely, they no longer hold the same emotional connotations and so lose their power to hurt.
I have been trained in Neuro Linguistic programming to Master Practitioner Level.