The Top Three Principles of Neuro linguistic programming
What is neuro linguistic programming?
Neuro linguistic programming is defined as a particular approach most often used in psychotherapy forms of communication, and in the improvement of personal and interpersonal development. The basis of neuro linguistic programming is that the connection between neurological processing in the brain and behavioral patterns allows for people to develop themselves and influence those around them through communication that takes advantage of these neurological processes. Neuro linguistic programming can take many forms; the overall umbrella of neurolinguistic programming includes methods and techniques which can be used during hypnotherapy, regular psychotherapy, retail or business marketing, regular interpersonal communication, as well as self-improvement, and so on. Neurolinguistic programming is typically considered to be a pseudoscience by those in the scientific community because many of its methods and techniques are not based on hard scientific fact but on subjective data and the study of overall social and personal traits--for example, one of the bases for the Milton Model, a common neuro linguistic programming model, involves taking advantage of the conscious mind's distraction in order to tap into the unconscious mind. Although this method does not have any strict scientific basis, it was developed after research and study on social and behavioral patterns.
Neuro linguistic programming can be used in many ways. Today, it is most often used for psychotherapy and the treatment of various mental health related problems. Problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias, learning disorders and other mental disorders can be treated by a hypnotherapist or psychotherapist with neuro linguistic programming.
The principles of neuro linguistic programming
The field of neuro linguistic programming includes wide ranges of different models and techniques. Depending on the context of the situation, different neuro linguistic programming models made are used to achieve certain aims. For example, a hypnotherapist who is attempting to plant hypnotic suggestions in the mind of a patient might use the Milton Model, which is intended to first build rapport with another individual and then distract the conscious mind to allow the unconscious mind to become more sensitive, because it specifically allows for the hypnotherapist to build rapport with a single person and to make the patient’s mind more easily susceptible to hypnosis. On the other hand, a speaker at a business seminar might choose to use a different neuro linguistic programming model which is tailored towards larger crowds and less specific goals in order to allow them to benefit the most from a large audience of people.
Although there are numerous types of neuro linguistic programming methods, models and techniques, all of these components of the programming are based on the same general principles. It is important to note that although most of these principles can be seen in every type of neuro linguistic programming method, some of the specific content may vary or change depending on the context of its usage as well as the specific type of neuro linguistic programming or type of neuro linguistic programming method being used. The principles of neuro linguistic programming are the basis of all its techniques. The following are some of the most important and the most commonly noticed basic principles of neuro linguistic programming.
“The overall meaning of any communication is found in the response it gets, not the original intention of the communication.”
This means that it doesn't necessarily matter what the intention of any given communication was--it matters what intentions were perceived by the listener and accordingly what response they have shown to that communication. This principle is one of the most basic principles of neuro linguistic programming and can be seen in a majority of its methods, including those used for psychotherapy, communication and marketing, as well as personal growth and development. It is especially important for anyone using a neuro linguistic programming method to understand that it doesn’t always matter what they say, but what response comes from what they say. For example, a hypnotherapist does not necessarily need to say anything inspiring or concrete for their patient to have a favorable response—vague or general phrasing might result in a period of personal development for the patient, even if the intended meaning of the vague or general phrasing was not to inspire a period of personal development growth.
"The map is not the territory."
"The Map is not the territory" refers to the map-territory relation, or the relationship that exists between a particular object and a representation of that particular object. In other words, the same relationship as an actual geographical territory and its representation on a map or a map of that territory. In simpler terms, this principle is explaining that a description is not actually what it is describing. For example, someone who is hungry may hear descriptions of an endless amount of foods, but he will still be hungry because those descriptions are not actual food. In the context of neuro linguistic programming, this principle is often used during personal and interpersonal psychotherapy. Patients are often asked to describe their lives, problems and experiences, but these descriptions are merely a “map” of their actual lives, problems and experiences. It is important for those using neuro linguistic programming to draw the distinction between the “map” they are hearing about and the actual “territory” which exists.
“Behavior is inherently leaned toward adaptation.”
This principle means that human behavior is naturally and inherently wired to be adaptive. In short, people are meant to adapt and change themselves and said adaptation comes easier than most people believe. This particular principle is most often found in the context of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and personal growth development. This principle is the basis behind most behavioral change models used in neuro linguistic programming, especially those which are intended to reduce negative or unwanted behaviors by replacing them with adapted positive or desired behaviors. For example: Neuro linguistic programming might be used to adapt an individual’s phobia by replacing it with feelings of relaxation and calm around the previously feared phobia.