What is NLP?
Neuro-linguistic programming is a way of changing someone’s thoughts and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes for them.
The popularity of neuro-linguistic programming or NLP has become widespread since it started in the 1970s. Its uses include treatment of phobias and anxiety disorders and improvement of workplace performance or personal happiness.
This article will explore the theory behind NLP and what evidence there is supporting its practice.
NLP tries to detect and modify unconscious biases or limitations of an individual’s map of the world. NLP is not hypnotherapy, instead, it operates through the conscious use of language to bring about changes in someone’s thoughts and behavior.
NLP is a broad field of practice. As such, NLP practitioners use many different techniques that include the following:
Anchoring: Turning sensory experiences into triggers for certain emotional states.
Rapport: The practitioner tunes into the person by matching their physical behaviors to improve communication and response through empathy.
Swish pattern: Changing patterns of behavior or thought to come to a desired instead of an undesired outcome.
Visual/kinesthetic dissociation (VKD): Trying to remove negative thoughts and feelings associated with a past event.
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