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Thinking Outside the Old Box With NLP

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"If you are even a modest consumer of mass media like the internet, television, cable TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the like, there is a good chance your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes are not totally yours.

Mass media spends billions of dollars on consultants who tell them how to make your thoughts be their thoughts. It is called Public Relations. Does it work?

You bet it does! But it also homogenizes the thinking of the individual bringing the thinking to the level of “average.” And another way of saying “average” is “mediocre”...

Now, you are also a magnificent person inside. Why choose the “average/mediocre” path? I tell you why: because you have been told so many times that this is all you can do that you believe it!

And it is NOT TRUE! It is a false belief which does not even belong to you! Get rid of it and proceed to become truly magnificent!"

Tad James


Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.  

To think outside the box is to look farther and to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking beyond them. The term is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking. 

 A matter of REFRAINING ◓ ◕


░ Want to think 'outside of the box'? Stop putting people in them

Like so many business cliches, the phrase "think outside the box" is overused.  It is a phrase like "low hanging fruit" whose days are numbered and over.  And yet, the phrase "think outside the box" caused me to reflect about something critical. We put people in boxes all the time....


Instead of thinking outside the box - GET RID OF THE BOX  




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Nested Loops...Stories within stories

Nested Loops...Stories within stories | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

This is a slight idea of INCEPTION. The o'l "wheels with in wheels". The listener is making movies with your story.


That tangents to another and that to another. It can spiral down as the person goes into a slight trance allowing to be more susceptible to suggestions.


Nesting like Russian Matryoshkas Dolls. Keep repeating and it sets a loop...


Milton Erickson was a master at this but never called it that, the name came later....




NLP Nested Loops is a technique that creates trance and enhances the hypnotic phenomena. It helps you to bypass the conscious mind and access the unconscious mind more easy. In this article you learn what NLP Nested Loops are, what techniques are at your disposal and how to create your own hypnotic, spellbound story that will bind your audience to your story. Let’s get started!


Useful Techniques  




Make sure that your (and others) use of nested loops is ecological:

  • Pre check content bearing in mind the audience
  • Try them out on someone prior to using them in training, see what results that you get.
  • Try on the hat yourself as you are compiling the metaphor.


Benefits and Limitations of nested loops 

  • Stories create emotions and these help people learn and remember an experience.
  • You can elicit states sequentially so that you get to the desired end state.
  • They distract the conscious mind and induce trance.  Making it much easier for us to communicate with the unconscious mind and therefore improve learning.
  • Easy to embed commands and make suggestions.


Limitation is that it is important to make the breaks in the correct places otherwise they can appear clumsy.  Also they may not suit all audiences e.g., business audiences. ⊙▅△




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Ecology Check 

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Σcology in NLP

Ecology is the study of consequences in NLP. It is the dynamic balance of elements in any system.


A concern for the overall relationship between a being and its environment. The overall relationship between a person and their thoughts, strategies, behaviours, capabilities, values and beliefs. .


It is important to take account of ecology so that you can study the possible consequences of a planned action or change and also so that NLP does not become manipulative.



Induce change with this flexible and important pattern...

It prevents self-sabotage by making sure a change will be acceptable to all parts.


When you think “ecologically,” you are taking every aspect of your outcome into account. You check to make sure that you are not going to achieve X at the expense of Y, if both are important to you.


For example, an Ecology Check needs to be in place when you help a client to stop smoking, because fear of weight gain may sabotage your work.


You want to make sure that your client is completely congruent (has no unconscious resistance) about the upcoming change...


In order to ensure congruence, parts work may be necessary to make sure that all aspects of your client are ready for the change.


The client’s fear of weight gain may be mitigated by a commitment to healthy strategies for reducing weight gain, along with having more self-acceptance.


Step #1. Get into an objective state...


Step #2. Ask good questions to do an ecology check...


Step #3. Give this pattern  “mind share;” by making it an ongoing, recurring pattern  in your  mind...


Step #4. Evaluate...



Additional Advice

You can apply Cartesian coordinates to decisions in order to check your ecology and refine your outcomes. You can try this on a decision you’re considering. Here they are:

  • If  I  do X, what will happen?
  • f I do X, what won’t happen?
  • f I don’t do X, what will happen?
  • If I don’t do X, what won’t happen?


Note anything that you hadn’t thought of, or any way that these questions help you put things into perspective.



Σcology and Outcomes

Ecology is important in considering outcomes in order to ensure that the impact of achieving the outcome is positive for the individual and that achieving it is congruent with the overall goals and desired code of conduct of the individual.  Also that the impact on others is positive for them.


How do you know that your work is ecological? 


Watch the Σcology Check Pattern How-to 












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Time to contemplate this: NLP And The New Age Movement From A Judeo-Christian Perspective

Time to contemplate this: NLP And The New Age Movement From A Judeo-Christian Perspective | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |


In this brief treatise, the authors have presented a vital distinction between NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) and the New Age Movement from a Judeo-Christian perspective (as represented in the Bible).


The authors do so as believers with psychological and theological backgrounds and who also utilize modern tools like those found in the domain of Neuro-linguistics.


The authors have utilized the NLP model for several years because NLP operates within the larger domain of cognitive psychology and information processing.



On the surface, a few features of the Neuro-Linguistic model seem similar to those of the New Age movement.


Yet hardly any more than the Christian model of human nature and reality --Christianity also affirms that the materialistic world does not represent all of reality. A more thorough investigation reveals that there exists a world of difference between the two movements.


The New Age movement functions primarily as a religious and metaphysical domain; NLP presents itself as a scientific model about human subjectivity. It adopts as its viewpoint the process of information transformation (input, processing, output) which you can analyze scientifically and then replicate.


The New Age Movement adopts and uses lots of religious, theological, and philosophical beliefs which find their primary source in Hinduism and Buddhism. Many Westerns who end up buying into that system of belief do so more as a reaction to the loss of credibility and relevance which they attribute to the Judeo-Christian perspective.


If we begin by acknowledging that there has occurred an incredible lose of credibility among Christians, we can then ask some truly useful questions. "How can the Judeo-Christian perspective address this void?" "What factors create this credibility gap?" What tools within NLP can assist us in perceiving and thinking about this need in new and different ways?"


The New Age movement begins with several assumptions that totally contradict the Judeo-Christian perspective and the NLP perspective. Which assumptions do I refer to?


The assumptions that "all is God," that all perception of reality beyond one's skin stands as pure illusion, that reincarnation indicates the process whereby souls transmigrate from life to life to deal with their karma, etc. You will (not) find any of that in the NLP model or in the biblical model.


The assumption that "evil is an illusion." NLP's meta-model would response by saying, "The word 'evil' refers to an adjective, not a thing or entity, therefore it implies a standard by which we judge something as good or evil." Scripture would concur. The Bible pictures the human project as facilitating the moral and spiritual development to "discern good and evil" (Heb. 5:14).


The NLP model strictly represents a scientific model about the process of how communication, language (linguistics), and meaning (semantics) work in terms of "programming," or ordering, people to behave the way they do. It posits nothing metaphysically as it does not even claim itself as a theory, but merely a model of what works in human experiences.


In other words, NLP functions almost exclusively as a tool, a technology. And as with any tool, it only operates as "good" or useful as the craftsman who welds it. A hammer functions quite differently in the hands of a carpenter and in the hands of a maniac. One builds, the other destroys. As a tool, the problem does not with the NLP model, but with those who use it.


I consider it as unfortunate and deceptive that New Agers have received NLP training and currently use it as a context from which to preach their particular brand of religion. The positive intent (to use an NLP presupposition of NLP!) of this policy probably involved avoiding the over-rating of degrees and emphasize learning and education. But my personal observations of many of those with whom I took my training would indicate that they had not done the basic NLP readings before coming to the trainings.


As Christian believers, the authors strongly disagree with the focus, the teachings, and the presuppositions of the New Age Movement.


They have not found the movement to intellectually, philosophically, or personally credible. On the other hand, the authors have found the NLP model to function as a powerful and useful tool for communication, relationship, influence, and therapy.



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Transformational NLP 

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I believe we are divine, spiritual beings, in a physical body. The pain we experience in our lives is because we have forgotten who we truly are – that we are the light, we are love, we are an expression of divinity. To heal our pain we have to connect again with this eternal truth."


Neuro-Linguistic Programming--or NLP--is a popular and effective approach to therapy and self-realization.


Now a leading practitioner reveals the spiritual dimension that makes NLP an even more powerful tool for freeing ourselves from egoism and unlocking our full potential. With practical exercises based on the author's many years of coaching,


Transformational NLP can help you access their wise inner self, attain freedom from self-limiting negative beliefs, and experience extraordinary new levels of awareness


Transformational NLP is an exquisite tool for this, but it is important to remember it is just a tool. It is a bit like money – it is neither good nor bad, just a type of energy. It is how you use that energy that determines whether it results in something positive or negative.



Using NLP you can change your inner screening systems and maps. This can help you to let go of inner blocks and negative thought patterns, which may have stopped you from healing your body, mind, relationships and life."


So give yourself the most amazing gift ever, and first find the structure of the illusion of the problem, and then connect with your higher divine wisdom, and you will notice how this starts to shine a light into the ’problem’ transforming it from darkness to light, from a feeling of being blocked, to amazing freedom, from fear to love...



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Neuro Linguistic Programming in ELT

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NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) has been around in language teaching longer than we may realise.


Those teachers who incorporate elements of suggestopedia, community language learning, music, drama and body language into their lessons are already drawing on NLP as it stood twenty years ago.


NLP and language learning ✍(◔◡◔)
In NLP, information arrives via the senses, and 'six modalities' are identified as ways that different individuals
perceive the messages.


These modalities are:

  • Visual Remembered
  • Visual Constructed
  • Auditory Remembered
  • Auditory Remembered
  • Auditory Digital
  • Kinaesthetic


These clearly form the basis of what we now know as 'VAK' – the identification of visual, auditory andkinaesthetic learners and the need to cater for different learning styles in the classroom.

As externalities arrive, our perception of these is modified by three major elements - deletion,distortion and generalisation.  


In NLP, the following filters affect our model of the world and our behaviour, and in language learning, they explain a wide range of learning styles and strategies:



  • Deletion...
  • Distortion...
  • Generalisation...


However, what is actually learnt by individuals is dictated by their own personal filters. NLP identifies these as 'beliefs', 'values', 'decisions' and 'memories', broadly defined as the way someone handles information.


NLP also recognises the importance of non-verbal communication, particularly eye contact, posture, breathing and movement. 'Congruency' is achieved when there is a match between verbal and non-verbal communication.



NLP in the classroom 


Areas where NLP can have a real impact, however, are those which explore the relationships between students and between students and teacher, and those which help to create a healthy and positive learning environment:

  • Creating rapport...
  • Mirroring...


  • Creating positive states and anchoring...
  • Maintaining flow
    NLP fits in nicely with 'Flow Theory', the notion that learning flows like water and that the best learning takes place when uninterrupted....


  • Pacing and leading...
  • Perceptual positioning...
  • Modelling good practice...



Conclusion ✍(◔◡◔)
Whether one is a disciple of NLP or not, what is clear is that NLP and ELT are complementary in that NLP learns by observing communication patterns, and ELT learns from what NLP suggests as best practice in improving interpersonal communication and therefore learning.


There is nothing in NLP that is contrary to current ELT methodology in terms of communicative language learning and humanistic approaches, while NLP has much to contribute to the already vast repertoire of the informed eclectic.



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NLP Presuppositions

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NLP has a number of principles, more commonly referred to as presuppositions.


These presuppositions are not claimed to be true. We accept them as if they were true, and apply them in practical ways in our daily life. If they bring real improvements in our life or performance, we can continue to use them as if they were true.


These presuppositions form an important basis for understanding what NLP is all about. URL




Presuppositions are statements in which some unstated element must be assumed (pre-supposed) to be true in order for the statement to make sense (to be true or false).

That is, the surface structure of the statements (the specific words and their meanings) omit or obscure the deep structure of the statements (their underlying message or presupposed truths).


In the Meta Model, presupposition forms are named for the manner in which the sentences that contain them either delete or obscure the presupposition from the surface structure. URL



Certain things are presupposed in effective communication. Some of these are as follows:


1. The meaning of a communication is the response you get.


2. The map is not the territory.


3. Language is a secondary representation of experience.


4. Mind and body are parts of the same cybernetic system and affect each other.


5. The law of requisite variety (also known as the first law of cybernetics - cybernetics is the science of systems and controls in animals, including humans, and machines) states that in any cybernetic system the element or person in the system with the widest range of behaviours or variability of choice will control the system.


6. Behaviour is geared towards adaptation.


7. Present behaviour represents the very best choice available to a person.


8. Behaviour is to be evaluated and appreciated or changed as appropriate in the context presented.


9. People have all the resources they need to make the changes they want.


10. 'Possible in the world' or 'possible for me' is only a matter of how.


11. The highest quality information about other people is behavioural.


12. It is useful to make a distinction between behaviour and self.


13. There is no such thing as failure; there is only feedback.


The benefits could almost be immediate as NLP is based on practical experience rather than theory. URL



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Body language, the power is in the palm of your hands!!

Allan Pease is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at ULIM International University, who researches and studies selling relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results.

And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use. Allan's own experience and record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others.

He is a born achiever, starting his career at the age of 10. Globally known as "Mr Body Language", his programs are used by businesses and governments to teach powerful relationship skills.

His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say 'yes'...

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Contemplate and Move On

Contemplate and Move On | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

"The only good luck many great men ever had was being  born with the ability and determination to overcome  bad luck."

                                                                      __Channing Pollock

“Free your expectation of the future from the grip of past failure.”

                                                                     __John Seymour

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
                                                                     __Albert Einstein


"The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."
                                                                    __Dale Carnegie

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Dealing with the Anger Habit

Dealing with the Anger Habit | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

Back in the 1700's there was a British physician called John Hunter. He had a very bad temper and, not surprisingly, suffered from angina pectoris.

He used to say: "My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who chooses to put me in a passion". This was prophetic.

At a meeting of the board of St. Georges Hospital he became involved in a heated argument, walked out, and dropped dead...

What anger does to us...What is anger?...

Right... or Happy?...How does it occur?...

What to do about anger?

(1) Keep it in - or let it out?...

(2) Dissolving anger...

(3) A trigger a week...

It's not all 'bad'

Do remember that not all anger is unhealthy.

Sometimes anger is quite appropriate - it can be our final defence against allowing other people to manipulate or dominate us.

And it can motivate us to take action against injustice. Anger is healthy when it is not on-going but is usefully channelled into appropriate action.

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The Map is Not the Territory

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A founding principle of NLP, the distinction between a map and a territory made its debut in Alfred Korzybski's 1933 seminal work, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics.

The idea seems simple enough -- who, after all, would confuse a roadmap with a road, or a menu with a meal? 

Our brains will use whatever maps we give them.

"We know the world by a process of constantly transforming it into ourselves." -- Alan Watts

We can improve our maps. And by doing so, we can improve the quality of our lives.

Therapeutic Value

"The Map is Not The Territory," has tremendous therapeutic value. It allows us to accept our thoughts and feelings for what they are -- just thoughts, just feelings.

It encourages us to take our thoughts with a grain of salt.

We can become curious about them, we can evaluate them, and we can change them if other thoughts or feelings would be more useful, healthy and life affirming.

We can improve our maps. And by doing so, we can improve the quality of our lives, our experiences, our relationships, our health and our success.

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How to beat the workplace bully

How to beat the workplace bully | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

Bullies are not just a bad memory from schooldays, they are an unwelcome presence in many of today's workplaces.

Although they may not help themselves to your dinner money, trip you up in the corridor and administer Chinese burns, they intimidate and threaten in more subtle ways.

Here you are some hints and tips on how to tackle such challenge.

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NLP vs Hypnosis

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 “Isn’t NLP just hypnosis?”

If you’re an NLP Practitioner, you have probably received similar questions...


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Eckhart Tolle.... Through the Eyes of Krishnamurti


Beautiful....Observe deep in thought



An Overview of Krishnamurti’s Life and Work 


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Rumpelstiltskin: the magic of the right word

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The fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin has many variations. The earliest written version can be found in a French collection from 1705 by Mademoiselle L’Héritier.
The most famous is the one by the Brothers Grimm, but even
in their collection the text changes several times during ‘compilation’.
Rumpelstiltskin is a well-known fairy tale, judging by the name.
Almost everyone knows that there is a fairy tale by that name and many can even remember the famous lines: “The queen will never win this game, for Rumpelstiltskin is my name!” However, only a few know what the fairy tale is all about and who Rumpelstiltskin is.
I have conducted some trials in my neighbourhood amongst those who only knew the fairy tale by name. The charming sound of the name misled everyone. They associated it with a fairy, a sweet girl or a princess.
Nobody thought that this beautiful name belonged to a nasty little man. Ironic indeed: the ‘wrong’ name in a fairy tale about the right name.

The Rumpelstiltskin principle
In 1972, the American psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey published The Mind Game. The subtitle, ‘Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists’, not only indicated the essence of his book but also explained why it created enthusiasm as well as irritation.
Torrey tried to convince the reader that modern, western psychiatrists do not differ greatly from shamans in all sorts of nonwestern (but also western) cultures, healers who employed ritual exorcisms and other magical practices.
To some, the ‘witchdoctor’ seemed to be rehabilitated, to others the psychiatrist was being humiliated and ridiculed.
The power of the word
In anthropology, there has always been a great interest in language.
Language is indeed one of the most important achievements in the development of human culture, but what anthropologists find particularly fascinating is that language is not only a product of culture, but also produces culture.
The title of a book by philosopher J.L. Austin expresses concisely what they see in language: How to Do Things with Words.
It becomes clear with some examples that words not only express or refer to things, but that they also produce things.
Declaring two people to be husband and wife in fact makes them partners.
Making a promise to someone creates a special bond between two people and guarantees a certain occurrence in the future.
Appointing someone gives that person a position with all the associated political, social and financial consequences.

The Dutch philosopher Cornelis Verhoeven, describes the discovery of language by his young daughter Nena and how at the same time this discovery is her attempt to get a grip on reality:
The creation of sequences and contexts in language seems to her like a magical method of getting a grip on the world. The inner meaning of the method, the essence of the words, is not important, but rather the fact that the method has structure and looks like an instrument....
The power of the name
Names are special words. They give things, plants, animals and people their specific identity.
Especially in the case of human names, that effect is spectacular. Names are words raised to the power of two, they surpass themselves, they are the incarnation of language.
Without a name a person is not a person. For that reason, in Ghana – as in many other cultures – one does not immediately give a new-born child a name. One waits a little while to see ‘if it will come to something’...

Names are on doors, on graves, on books and paintings...
The word in psychiatry
The word in psychiatry, writes Torrey, has a similar power. It provides trust, ‘promises improvement’ and is thereby the first step on the road to recovery. He quotes the anthropologist, Carstairs, who writes about a healer in India:
What was expected from the healer was reassurance. As long as the illness was nameless, patients felt desperately afraid, but once its magic origin had been defined and the appropriate measures taken, they could face the outcome calmly
Explanatory and hopeful words are especially to be expected from people who not only have medical knowledge but also have an affinity with the experience.
‘Wounded healers’ speak with more authority and impact than the undamaged medic. That is also why the words of fellow-sufferers are so encouraging and therapeutic.
But we have strayed far from the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin, where no form of ‘Wahlverwantschaft’ whatsoever can be found and where the name giving is little more than cracking the secret code of the enemy.
Yet it still ‘works’ because Torrey has given an important principle in medical science a fancy name (like Freud did with the Oedipus complex), and whether the name is ‘correct’ or not is of minor importance (Oedipus is after all also incorrect: he had nothing against his father and nothing with his mother; they were simply tragic misunderstandings he encountered).
What matters is that the complaint has a name which allows it to ‘exist’ and receive attention. It is just the same with illness as it is with poetry.

Even if the word is not correct, it contains magic. Read Herman de
Coninck, the Flemish poet:
Just as you can feel bad for years,
Lifeless, faint, washed out,
So that you’re almost glad when the doctor says
“the liver” – because now you’ve really got something.
That is poetry.
No solution
but having names for the nothingness.

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Neuro-linguistic programming: its potential for learning and teaching in formal education

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In this paper the authors outline the nature of Neuro-linguistic Programming and explore its potential for learning and teaching.


The paper draws on current research by Mathison (2003) to illustrate the role of language and internal imagery in teacher-learner interactions, and the way language influences beliefs about learning.



In essence NLP is a form of modelling that offers potential for systematic and detailed understanding of people's subjective experience.


NLP is eclectic, drawing on models and strategies from a wide range of sources. We outline NLP's approach to teaching and learning, and explore applications through illustrative data from Mathison's study.


A particular implication for the training of educators is that of attention to communication skills.


Finally the authors summarise criticisms of NLP that may represent obstacles to its acceptance by academe.


Briefly, the NLP approach might be characterised to teaching and learning as follows:

The teacher- learner relationship is a cybernetic loop, a dynamic process in which meaning is constructed through reciprocal feedback; not a transmission of information from one individual to another, separate, individual.


  • People act according to the way they understand and represent the world... (i.e. `the map is not the territory').


  • Of prime interest in NLP are the ways in which people represent the world internally, through sensory imagery (principally visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) and language. 


  • NLP also assumes that there are systematic relationships between this structuring and that individual's language and behaviour...


  • Skills, beliefs and behaviours are all learnt (e.g. skills have corresponding sequences of internal representation, often referred to as `strategies...


  • An individual's capacity to learn is influenced strongly by their neuro-physiological `state' (e.g. a state of curiosity rather than a state of boredom), and by their beliefs about learning and about themselves as learners (rather obviously, beliefs that one is capable of learning and that learning is worthwhile and fun are considered more useful than their opposites)....


  • Such modification happens through communication between teacher and learner, which takes place through verbal and non-verbal channels, both consciously and unconsciously...


  • All communication potentially influences leaning. Crucially, teachers' language and behaviour influence learners on at least two levels simultaneously; both their understanding of the topic in question (e.g. the dynamic structure of their internal representations), and their beliefs about the world, including about learning.


  • It follows that awareness of choice about one's own language patterns and behaviour as a teacher, and sensitivity to and curiosity about their influence on and interaction with learner's internal representations, are crucial to effective teaching and learning.


In essence, teaching is a process of (a) creating `states' that are conducive to learning; and (b) facilitating learners' exploration and/or enhancement of their internal representations; (c) to lead towards the desired goal or outcome of the context.


Language and Internal Imagery


Internal Representations and the Role of Language in Teacher-Learner Interactions

NLP considers that verbal reports may be literal accounts of people's inner experience. Thus when a person describes what they can `see in their mind's eye',


NLP assumes that the person is experiencing internal visual imagery (which may be outside their awareness). Furthermore the qualities and characteristics of that imagery are significant, and relate in systematic ways to other aspects of that person's experience (e.g. feelings, beliefs, behaviour and so on).



For example, one question explored the effects of changing the adjective 'wrong' to the adverb 'wrongly'. This deceptively simple pair of linguistic constructions only differed by two letters.


Yet the two versions, the first using an adjective, the second using its adverbial form, did not fail to produce different responses. It was summed up by Kathleen, who said "wrong is so negative, it couldn't have been any worse, whereas wrongly means it was ... (pause) slightly wrong." She went on to reflect on her responses to the two types of wording.




Teaching therefore seems carry messages about more than one level of abstraction. Not only does it involve the transmission of information, it may also create beliefs about the nature of the activity which people are engaged in....The higher level of `learning about learning' results in more profound changes in people's beliefs about learning, and about themselves as learners.


These are changes in the processes guiding learning, rather than the content of the topic. They involve changes in factors such as the abstractions that people have built which form their beliefs about learning, their vision of their own future, their constructions about themselves as learners, all linking to the images, sounds, bodily sensations, tastes and smells that seem to be such an essential part of human information processing.


Teaching is as much about 'languaging' the content of the lesson, as it is about influencing the ways in which the knowledge is constructed, through communication. In our view, this indicates that teachers need to be aware of the separation between the content of their topic, and the processes whereby the topic is to be learnt....







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Team Building___NLP

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Why is it important to develop teams?

Effective teams are motivated, more productive and able to contribute more to the overall success of the organization

Empowered team members will “own” and be responsible for their work processes.


Individual team members are self-aware (particularly of their strength and weaknesses). They are able to successfully manage their state, and are willing to take responsibility for their results


Makes team members’ overall experience of the workplace more enjoyable



It is helpful to clarify that Team Building exercises consist of a variety of tasks designed to develop team members and their ability to work together effectively.


For the purposes of this article we have chosen to focus our attention on the first and fifth characteristics of successful teams:

  • Successful teams have a common vision, and mission statement, based on team values
  • Successful teams offer each other feedback and acknowledgement


The latter contributing significantly to the fourth characteristic

  • Successful teams communicate effectively with each other


These particular characteristics of successful teams as we believe, based on experience of working with teams, that development in these areas has the greatest leverage, the greatest impact in terms of empowering teams and their members. 


Be prepared! Expect the team building process to last longer than a single event



Successful teams and their members:

  • Have a common vision, or mission statement, based on team values.


  • Share common goals and take action to move towards these.


  • Demonstrate commitment to excellence.


  • Communicate effectively with each other


  • Offer each other acknowledgement and feedback


  • Collaborate / co-operate effectively to solve problems


  • Identify and utilize the strengths of team members.


  • Individual team members have a clear understanding of their role within the team and of others’ expectations.



 A team that has a shared vision based on team values, shared goals, that is committed to excellence, communicates effectively, collaborates, acknowledges and gives feedback, operates out of its combined strength and has clearly defined roles = an effective team = a successful team



The secret to getting things done lies not only in great leadership, but in how well the rest of the people, 99% of the team, follows the leadership.


Good teams are filled with people who are committed to following and getting the job done.


The ability to work successfully together as a team, despite, or perhaps because of individual differences, can come down to preparation through education and training.








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A critical review of NLP as an effective treatment choice of psychotherapeutic change

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This is a  critical review of NLP as an effective treatment choice of psychotherapeutic change in individuals with depression or anxiety, by Lisa Wake.


There is an increasing burden on the NHS and the Department of Work and Pensions from those individuals who are unable to work because of mental illness.

Layard et al (2006) identified that over 50% of individuals who are in receipt of incapacity benefit have mental illness as a primary or secondary cause.

There are also increasing pressures on the NHS to provide effective treatments that are evidence based.

Currently Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the preferred treatment of choice identified by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, because of its brevity and demonstrable effectiveness through randomised controlled trials.

Most other approaches to psychotherapy involve long term care, which has an increased level of cost to the NHS.

This paper reports on the evidence base for a similar form of psychological therapy to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, neurolinguistic psychotherapy and makes recommendations for research into the effectiveness of this approach.


The question posed in this critical review is whether neurolinguistic psychotherapy or NLP is an effective treatment choice of psychotherapeutic change in individuals with depression or anxiety.


¶ Interesting contrast:  NLP and CBT

>> Also see this Very interesting opinion (NLP vs Psychotherapy)

by John David Hoag

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Effects of Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy on psychological difficulties and perceived quality of life

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Top ⓾ Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter (̶◉͛‿◉̶)

Top ⓾ Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter (̶◉͛‿◉̶) | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

Whether you're trying to survive an intensive college schedule or just want to seem smarter in front of your friends, you can do a lot of things to both look and be smarter.

Here are ten simple tricks for boosting your real (and perceived) brain power.

 Read Faster and Better...

 Speak Up (and Do It With Expression)...

 Don't Fall Prey to BS*...

➐ Focus on What You Know...

 Get Some Exercise...

 Talk to Yourself...

 Learn a Second Language...

 Do Things the Hard Way...

 Know What Won't Make You Smarter...

 Just Believe You Can Be Smarter...

*Check this out. 

>> BONUS >>

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Transform Your Life With NLP

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Transform Your Life with NLP gives you the motivation and the tools you need to change any, or every, aspect of your life. Use the NLP mindset to program your subconscious, and you will be able to improve anything from sporting success to work performance.

You can also use NLP to boost your self-esteem and to find resilience at times of stress or pressure.

You don't need to be an expert or even to have any experience of NLP, and a tailored 2-week program at the end of the book will ensure you reach all your goals and help you to set new ones.

Featuring self-assessment exercises, write-in review areas and other learning materials that really work, this book has the power to change your life.


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I love NLP when it's used for self-help, dislike when it is used for manipulation but that's just me. :)

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How to Transform Your Tears Into Laughter

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Every experience in life has a purpose, a reason and season to it. There is a time for sadness, and a time for joy. 

When you truly can let your tears flow, and allow the deepest sadness within you to rise to the surface, it becomes a powerful source of healing that brings profound realizations to your life. 

By allowing your deepest possible sadness to be felt and experienced, that energy opens a humility inside you and a vulnerability that touches the core of your being. 

It pulls you down to bottom of your emotional ocean where you find the easiest sweetest surrender to the very source of who you are.

  "At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." ~ Jean Houston 

"Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy." ~ Catherine Fenwick 

"A sense of humor is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life." ~Hugh Sidey 

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Stop Procrastinating in 5 Minutes

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Now create an imaginary future memory of being in a situation where, in the past, you’ve tended to procrastinate. And bring that flowing energy into it, and watch yourself as you just deal with it and complete it and move on to the next thing.

And when you’re really in that situation, you can access your anchor for positive energy and enthusiasm that you’ve created, and enjoy the flow as it carries you through and out the other side.


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▶ Alter your perspective >> Fun mind game


When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.


With this mind game, find new ways to look at your problems with a new perspective. Use NLP and new solutions will appear like magic!

This fun interactive exercise will help you see just how easy it is to change your perspective and find happiness!


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The Evolution of NLP ∞

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In the beginning...

No movement in human thought or action really begins: we are all influenced by the thought and actions of the people who come before us. This is especially true of what would become known as NLP (even most practitioners find neurolinguistic programming a misnomer and a mouthful).


In one sense, NLP began when Richard Bandler asked John Grinder to help him model his successful practice of Gestalt therapy. In another, the roots of NLP can be traced back before these founding fathers to the work of three particularly independent thinkers.



When Richard Bandler met John Grinder...

It’s the early seventies (probably 1974). John Grinder has already moved from a military career (which may have included covert operations) through a doctorate in linguistics and has a contract appointment at the University of California Santa Cruz.


Richard Bandler has moved from mathematics to psychology; he has edited a book on the work of Fritz Perls and is already familiar with Virginia Satir. Bandler asks Grinder to observe him as he leads a group with the aim of identifying a model of his behaviour that can be used to teach others to get the results he is getting.


Grinder agrees, observes and is able to successfully replicate the behaviours. The set of practices and presuppositions that will become known as NLP is born...



An overview of classic code NLP

Classic code NLP taught people to focus on their ‘maps’ of experience - maps which could be their sensory representations of an experience (including the different characteristics associated with different senses in that experience or memory) or their verbal maps (which were presumed to filter experience through generalization, deletion or distortion so that it would fit into the limits of language).



Classic Code Practices:

 mapping states...✍ 


 non-verbal rapport... 


 VAK representation systems... 


 Eye patterns and other accessing cues...✍ 


 Modeling through observation...


the Meta Model of language patterns, including deletion, distortion & generalization... 


 the Milton Model of “artfully vague” language... 


 the Swish pattern Anchoring Collapsing “anchors”...✍ 







The Community Develops, then Divides...

Since the community dissolved, there has been no consensus about what NLP is or does or should do. Different practices have been developed, modified, or simply given new names and used by many different figures with varying interests and qualifications.


The practices of classic code NLP, based on the conscious manipulation of states in the self and in others, have most commonly been popularized and are frequently revisited in popular self-help books and motivational seminars and speeches.



The Development of New Code NLP

In fact, Grinder says that concern for ecology is specifically a reason for developing practices that ask the unconscious mind to run more complicated tests for the ecology of outcomes or change than the conscious mind will typically enact.


What is missing may be the ability to consciously test for the accuracy and intention of various interventions. There is an inherent paradox in creating an epistemology (a theory of knowing) that relies heavily on the creation of a “know nothing” state...



How does New Code work?

In brief, New Code includes a set of practices for setting congruent outcomes, a set of practices for personal change which are called personal edits, and a set of practices for accelerated learning.


Each of these relies heavily on the capability of a practitioner to speak directly to the unconscious mind of a client, and to accurately notice (calibrate) the physiological signals which the unconscious mind uses to communicate its responses.



Calibration and Perceptual Positions

In the NLP New Code model of learning, unconscious competence precedes conscious competence. This means that people can unconsciously replicate behaviours before they are consciously aware of what they are doing...


A naturally occurring example of this often happens on the dance floor...



Modeling, Learning & Influence

Modeling is the perception of how someone else does a behaviour, organizes information, or creates a particular state in him/herself or others.


The fastest way to acquire new behaviours is to locate someone capable of those behavious and model him/her as precisely as possible.


Influence involves the same process: calibration and multiple perceptual positions are used to create a model of the other person’s experience and that model allows one to create rapport (a sense of connection and relationship) and then shift elements of the model to effect change.



New Code Practices:

 calibration of states... 


 choice points... 


 the six step reframe... 


 personal edits...✍ 


 second and third position shifts...✍ 


 triple description...✍ 


 “stop the world” and other states of not knowing...✍ 


 use of metaphor to inspire or direct change... 


 may include Dilt’s “logical levels” (i.e. The Human Face of Change)... 



Answering the question: what does NLP teach?

NLP has been called an epistemology - a way of knowing what you know...



What is metaphor and how does it lead to effective change?

Integrated thinking is often metaphorical thinking. In its most basic form, metaphors use physical reality to describe abstract concepts. Metaphors turn thoughts into things that can be perceived through the senses and relate physical objects to emotions, reason, and imagination


All metaphor is integrated thinking, the ability to recognize the distinct contributions of mind and body and the way they work together in one individual.



Integrated thinking for effective language

Goals are often generated through unconscious process...


Language is more than this: it is also the tool by which people work together to create shared purpose and shared meaning. It is the medium through which the integration of many different minds occurs, and it gives a stable form to agreement and rapport...



Moving ahead through integrated thinking

Intention, imagination, sensory experience and language provide the necessary components for progress.


Alone, they provide alternatives to existence. When they are integrated into one stream of perception and action, they allow individuals to make changes in themselves and their circumstances.



Why is it worth learning and practicing?

One cannot avoid integrated thinking any more than one can avoid eating or sleeping or breathing.


Integrated thinking, including elements of NLP, New Code NLP and Ericksonian hypnosis, represents a way of thinking modeled on people who generate choices for themselves.


Training in integrated thinking allows individuals and teams to become aware of their strategies for success, to refine those strategies for greater effectiveness, and to apply them more often.



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5 NLP Techniques That Will Transform Your Life

5 NLP Techniques That Will Transform Your Life | The Ethos of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming |

Here you are some of the most impactful techniques that will help you change behavior, get better results and attract more positive experiences.

1. Dissociation...

It’s easy to react to something negatively and then become stressed or upset about it. For example, if your partner drives you crazy and you get angry in response.

2. Content Reframe...

This NLP technique works great when you are in a situation which makes you feel powerless, angry or when something negative happens to you. It changes the meaning of the situation making you think about it in a different, more empowering way. In other words, it allows you to put the content of the situation in a different frame.

3. Self-anchoring...

Self-anchoring is mainly used in NLP to elicit some kind of emotional response to something that you do or say. For example, it is possible for the person to start unconsciously smiling when you touch his/her shoulder.

4. Rapport...

Rapport is a very important and quite easy skill to master that enables you to get along with any kind of person.

There are many ways to create rapport with people. You can follow the breathing patterns of a person, you can mirror his/her body language (not too obviously, of course) or you can use similar words that the other person uses.

5. Belief Change...

There are three types of limiting beliefs:

Beliefs about cause

Beliefs about meaning

Beliefs about identity

If done properly, these five NLP techniques can change many aspects of your life.

If some technique doesn’t seem to produce the desired effect, keep repeating the exercise until the wanted effect is reached.

These NLP techniques are very effective and work on everyone. It’s definitely worth taking a few minutes to try at least a couple of them.

When you see the results, you will be more than happy to spend some time to apply them to all the areas of your life that need improvement.

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