Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Most people these days have heard of NLP. If you have not, it is basically how our mind receives information from our environment, processes, filters it and gives it meaning, which then creates our emotions and hence behaviour.
NLP is an approach to communication and personal development. It states that there is a connection between neurological processes, language and behavioral patterns learned through experience, and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. With this, NLP can be used to treat issues quickly such as fears and phobias, anxiety, poor self-esteem, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and overall reduced quality of life due to various psychological issues.
The goals of NLP are to help the client understand that the way one views the world affects how one operates in the world, and that it is necessary to change the thoughts and behavior patterns that have not proven beneficial in the past and that only serve to block one’s healing and success. NLP is designed to help clients understand their own minds, and reprogram the way they process information so it leads to more acceptable and successful behavior. NLP practitioners believe that their clients have the answers to their problems within themselves; it is simply a matter of helping them draw out those answers.
You have probably not been consciously aware of the complexity of your own inner communication. For instance, if you are feeling tense about dinner, you are probably imagining how badly it could go and responding to this unconscious imagery and sound. This is why I NLP, we do not believe that people are broken rather that they simply respond to inner communication, whether or not they are aware of it. So, even though you are picturing bad things happening at your dinner party and you are felling tense, you are working perfectly. When you become aware of how you are perfectly creating a mindset you do not want, you can change it.
Simply being aware of this can make a huge difference to your relationships. Becoming aware of the way we are communicating with other people is a vital first step in improving our relationships. Relationship psychologists and marriage counsellors believe that awareness can change your life. If you do nothing else, becoming more conscious of the way you interact with other people will make an enormous difference to the quality of your relationships.