Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) offers a systematic, coherent and well-tried range of techniques to enhance all aspects of communication and change work.
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NLP began about 50 years ago in California by two men called Richard Bandler and John Grinder. While studying at University, they became interested to know:
- What is the difference between those people who consistently perform and achieve maximum results out of their behaviour and communication?
- What are the differences that make a difference, what is it they do specifically, that creates those kinds of results?
A man called Gregory Bateman, a philosopher, sent them out into the world to study a man who was a puzzle. His name was Dr Milton Erikson, and he was a medical hypnotherapist. Erickson was a crippled, little old man, because he had had polio as a young man and he could only see the colour purple. And so there’s Dr Erikson, who sits around in a wheelchair wearing purple pyjamas, and tells people stories, and they change.
Bandler and Grinder sat in front of Dr Erikson for a long, long, time and just watched and listened, until they were able to put their observations to the test. They studied excellent communicators in many fields, they studied sales people, managers, educator’s, people who were able to persuade. The founders of NLP, Bandler and Grinder, did what highly successful people did, until they could get the same results following the same patterns of communication and modelled behaviour. And that is what we call NLP today.
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You can use NLP as springboard and toolkit to uncover and act with more of your full potential and discover the benefits that have made it so popular with tens of thousands of people across the world who are using NLP in their personal and working lives.
It is a system that comes from reproducing techniques that work and in evidence in highly effective people, by bringing about a higher level of self-awareness, confidence and emotional maturity and the whole person or organisation benefits.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Q: What the differences between NLP and CBT?
A: CBT is a short-term psychological treatment based on the idea that negative thinking and behaviour can trigger problems such as a panic attack or depression, and encourages you to work out ways of looking at things more positively.
It was developed by an American psychiatrist in the Sixties. He believed that our emotions and moods were influenced by our thinking patterns.
How we think is inextricably linked to the way we feel and CBT is used to help with a wide range of health including phobias, eating disorders relationships etc.
CBT's focus is on the here and now, whereas NLP also encompases the childhood experiences that we carry forward to the present buried deep in our subconscious and creates limiting beliefs that controls our behaviours, apart from that, and I’m unable to see any differences in helping to overcome the associated links and intended outcome.
It is a scientifically proven fact that when you meet someone for the first time they decide how they feel about you within the first few seconds of contact. The tone of your voice, your body language and facial expressions all play a part in this. For more information see ENGAGE and communicate.
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