Created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP (or Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been, for many years now, successful in psychotherapy, in business and sales. (Interestingly NLP is also used in the interrogation techniques of some Police forces). Latterly NLP has been re-modelled in sport to improve athletic performance and does so by making positive change in the mind of the competitor.
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Which concerns the human mind, our language, communications, perceptions, and behaviour all stem from the activity of the mind, the brain. Our beliefs and self image, our strengths and frailties which we accumulate via our unique perspective of the world around us. The unconscious storage of our life experiences make us “who we are”.
The words, the phrases we use and are affected by. NLP also examines the internal dialogue (self talk) we use and how that can affect our performance. Ask several different people to watch and describe how a bike high-sided its rider, or a car left the track and they will probably use differing words to describe the same scene. Similarly several different individuals when faced with an identical challenge may use different words and/or “self talk” - how positive or otherwise these words are, can determine the outcome the individuals enjoy or suffer.
Just as this laptop I’m using right now has, over time, accrued an accumulation of data which is no longer required, so our human mind collects, collates and files a lifetime of experience, some good, some bad and, some indifferent.
These mental programmes we select and run as we need them, there are others which when triggered, simply appear from the depths of the filing system and can get in our way, cause malfunctions in communication, in behaviour and performance and, can bring about undesired outcomes.
Consider the racer who understands and knows how a fast corner can be taken flat in fifth gear. He knows others can do it, he understands the technique of doing it, and yet………as he approaches the corner, something in that file is accessed, a voice, a memory, a feeling and he lifts… he rolls off the throttle.
Fortunately, just as this laptop can be re-programmed, so, with NLP techniques, can the human mind. We can change our perceptions of self, of others and the world around us. We can make positive change.