Neurological Linguistic Programming

Neurological Linguistic Programming (NLP) examines how people perceive events, experiences, and behaviors. It explores the actual thought processes and patterns that create behaviors.

Therefore, instead of using suggestions, NLP identifies how someone perceives an experience in their life so those thought processes can either be replicated (if the experience is positive) or modified (if the experience is negative.)

Once you have the ability to alter the way in which you perceive something, you then have the ability to modify how you react to that stimulus. For instance when someone has a fear of spiders, NLP can help them change their perception of spiders to a more positive one and therefore, eliminate that phobia.

People represent their surroundings and organize them in the mind using images, sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings. When something is accessed in the mind, such as a memory, different senses will be initiated to form a perception. Then that person will react to what their perception is, whether that perception is positive or negative.

Neurological Linguistic Programming can be extremely effective at altering behavior. There are a number of techniques that can be employed when using NLP; NLP Flash, NLP Anchoring, and NLP Reframing to name a few.

NLP Flash:

This technique can be used to flip things around in the subconscious mind. In other words, thoughts that trigger feelings of stress can be flipped and used to trigger feelings of peace and relaxation instead. An example would be someone who has a fear of public speaking. When they are faced with the challenge of making a speech, that evokes emotions of stress and dread. NLP Flash could be used to flip the trigger of public speaking from one of stress to one of enthusiasm.

NLP Anchoring:

This technique utilizes a stimulus or anchor for getting into a desired condition. An anchor is set by associating a trigger to a selected condition or emotion. So when you are in an elated state, you can anchor that feeling to a trigger such as rubbing an ear lobe. Let’s say that you just got a significant pay raise at work, you are feeling confident and happy. At that moment when there is the intense emotion, begin rubbing the ear lobe. Repeat that process until the anchor is conditioned into the mind. Then whenever you rub your ear lobe, you will feel confident and happy.

NLP Reframing:

The technique of reframing is changing the “frame’ or boundary of an experience or event. For example, consider an old junky desk in the basement that is used for odd jobs such as crafting, gluing, and messy tasks. Now consider being told that that desk is an extremely rare and valuable antique. Your perception has been reframed and you now see that same desk in a new light. Reframing helps to change the way something is perceived and therefore, the reaction will be completely different.

Once it is understood that our perceptions control how we behave and communicate, those perceptions can be modified. Using NLP gives you an awareness and a choice over how you react to experiences in your life. When you begin to see things in a new way, you experience the world in a new and exciting way.


Author: Elizabeth M. Parker