Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP hasn’t been around for very long – 40 years. It has however been employed by some famous self-help gurus – most noteworthy is Tony Robbins.
But this doesn’t tell the important part of its capabilities as we do not all have the charisma and tribal following of a Tony Robbins or a T. Harv Eker, and neither do most practitioners of NLP.
NLP has been used by its practitioners as a means to help people achieve a different result in their life.
These can be people who have a major behavioral issue of habit they want to change, or people who seek a richer and more fulfilling life.
As NLP, at its core, offers the potential for deeper self-awareness and ability to control outcomes with this knowledge, then this all makes sense.
However, critics of NLP are those who exist in the world of measurement and scientific fact-based and repeatable results, and in this scrutiny NLP does not hold up well. Its frustrating dichotomy is because everybody creates their own individual reality then achieving the same result for a common group is by definition impossible.
NLP has worked its way into the hypnotherapy world and achieved a level of acceptance as a means to supplement and strengthen the work done in hypnosis. Some practitioners believe all you need is NLP and have abandoned hypnosis altogether.
The fact is NLP is controversial. There is no scientific experiment performed yet that proves it works. However, there is no scientific experiment to prove the existence of many things we believe in – yet world leaders, champion athletes, and even scientists accept common beliefs for which there is no evidence to support.
But this post is not about trying to convince you NLP works or doesn’t work. It is a forward to a brand new 4-part series I commissioned from Dr. Peter who writes for this blog. It is an introductory series to NLP for the rest of us.
Read all four-parts of this primer series and you will understand NLP at a level you can decide whether it can help you achieve the goals you have. This may take you on a lifetime quest with NLP at your core as it has for many people. Here are the articles in the series:
- NLP – What is It?
- NLP – The Map is Not the Reality
- How Life and the Mind are Systemic Processes
- NLP – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I urge you to approach the topic with an open-mind and decide for yourself rather than be influenced by people with hidden agendas who hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
Enjoy the reading,
Erika Slater, CH
Free At Last Hypnosis