Answers to 10 Most Asked Questions about NLP

Over our several years of NLP practice, we have been faced with a mirage of questions bordering on NLP. Some of the common ones are stated below and the answers duly provided. They include:

  1. What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is a behavioral model that teaches the patterns (programming) of how individuals think (Neuro), how they talk (Linguistic) and make themselves better.

NLP gives us the processes and tools to discover these patterns of success and how to eliminate behaviors that are not beneficial to our goals. These NLP tools and techniques are used in business, education, personal development, counseling and many other fields.

  1. Where did NLP come from?

It was created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler at University of California, Santa Cruz in 1976. John Grinder was a linguist and Richard Bandler was a mathematician and a gestalt therapist. Together, they formulated a practical model of counseling and therapy.

  1. How does NLP work?

NLP uses the fact that our feelings, thoughts and experience, determine our reality. Also, the human brain works like a computer. As a computer executes programs in ordered sequence, so does the human brain execute mental strategies also in ordered sequence. NLP identifies and measures your current mental strategies and offers specific means to correct all lapses, it change or improve those mental strategies for a better you.

  1. What is the difference between NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy?

NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy are all branches of the same tree. They can be used together to produce the best outcome.

Time Line Therapy helps you overcome the effects of past negative emotions and experiences; it changes ‘unsuitable’ programming. It also creates and installs necessary events into the future.

Hypnotherapy enables you restore and access an altered state, through the use of sensible suggestions, to effect change at the unconscious level.

  1. What is the relationship between NLP and Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a field of knowledge that deals with interpersonal communication. NLP does not have a structured tool like EQ. Instead, NLP emphasizes on sensing the non-verbal message, understanding it and relating with the emotional state, and controlling the emotions.

  1. What is the relationship between NLP and leadership development?

NLP tools such as pacing & leading, congruent communication, recognizing cognitive styles etc, enables NLP participants to lead their team better. Though, NLP does not really teach leadership models and philosophy, it has however proved to be effective in leadership development.

  1. Why attend NLP when I can read a book?

NLP training teaches you how to deal with each person or situation easily. As you may already know that, each person has a different psychological make-up and view of the world. Books are written for general psychological make-up. Also, in NLP training you develop yourself faster by associating with fellow participants to share discoveries.

  1. Who attends NLP training?

NLP can be helpful to those having some difficulties, those succeeding in their profession, and others who want to start or transition into a new position or industry. NLP can help you achieve your professional goals easily. It also teaches you Life Skills that will positively affect every aspect of your life. Therefore, it can be useful to individuals pursuing their professional or personal excellence.

  1. What are the benefits attached to NLP?

NLP enables you affect the world around you. With NLP you are in control of your feelings, emotions and beliefs, therefore in control of your life because our feelings, emotions and beliefs determine our life. If you have NLP, you have the key to becoming more effective in all ramifications.

Other benefits of NLP are:

  • Discovering and enhancing your purpose in life
  • Controlling your feelings and emotion
  • Quick rapport building
  • Enhancing good communication
  • Easy resolution of conflicts
  • Coaching skills to aid others achieve their goals
  • Breaking of unhealthy and unproductive habits
  • Turning limiting beliefs into empowering ones.
  1. How is NLP related to coaching?

NLP training has the structural elements of coaching. Like NLP, coaching offers various strategies necessary to help others achieve their purpose and also discover their own strategies to achieve their goals.

We hope you have been able to get the answers to some of your recurrent NLP questions.