Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Changing behaviour with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in West Lothian, Scotland

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP?

NLP is a practical approach based on the deep understanding of our thought processes and their impact on our behaviours. Simply put, it is about why and how we do the things we do and how to change our thinking in order to do things better.

It is one of the most successfully used systems to facilitate powerful, quick and long-lasting change in people. NLP is a constantly developing, fascinating, flexible and expanding field of study. It is often said that NLP knows no boundaries because it deals with people’s mind, the most complex, brilliant and, yet, most malleable system humans possess.

So, what is NLP about? In technical terms, NLP is about how our nervous system (‘Neuro’) processes information we receive through our five physical senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching.

It is about communication systems (‘Linguistic’): pictures, sounds, smell, taste, feelings and self-talk, which we use to make sense of our experiences. And it is about the way we program ourselves to respond to them.

In its heart, NLP is a study of excellence based on the methodology of modelling. The basic idea of modelling is that if you can do it, then everyone can do it; one just has to figure out how you do it, make it more effective, and copy it. And so, it is about identifying concepts (excellence and desired behaviours) and turning them into effective processes which can then be replicated by others in order to achieve the desired outcome faster and each time the process is applied.

That requires both, the NLP researcher and practitioner, to possess a specific attitude, i.e., be inquisitive, objective and ask the right questions. We don’t ask why a particular behaviour is being exhibited, but we want to know how this behaviour is sustained. It’s about what is going on in this particular person’s mind and at this particular moment that makes them display this particular behaviour. The practitioner is then able to tap into the extensive range of proven NLP techniques or design a solution that would utilise the vast body of knowledge available to them through the research and applications in the field of NLP, other mind-related disciplines, and their own Knowing.

Where does NLP come from?

Let’s allow Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP, to explain in this short video.

Why should you choose NLP?

If you want to get rid unwanted habits, freed yourself from strong addictive, compulsive behaviours and rise above fear, phobias, panic and other uncontrollable reactions, then NLP should be an effective treatment for you. Others have benefitted who were reliving past traumatic events that aroused overpowering thoughts and feelings of anger, feeling depressed, shame and frustration.

What can be treated with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

NLP as a treatment for depression

Because NLP is an effective tool for changing habits and behaviours, once we have identified which of these are causing, or contributing to, your depression, we can focus on reducing, removing and replacing those thoughts with more convivial ones. You will no longer perceive yourself as a depressed person because you will no longer think like one! What does that mean? More happiness, satisfaction and joy in your life.

NLP is effective in treating phobias

A phobia exists because of an unreasonable fear response, which may or may not have a specific trigger memory. Working through the phobia to identify the source memory, or trigger event will identify the thought processes and responses that have built your phobia over time. Again, because we can change how you view those thoughts, and how you react to them now, we can reprogram the fear and eliminate the phobia. How would it feel, do you think, if your fears were removed?

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