NLP Presuppositions

NLP takes the view that everything that we do has a physiological background to it. We do not react to our environment randomly. We respond to what is happening around us almost in a programmed way. So when we get stressed and embarrassed we may sweat more or blush. This is a natural reaction that is controlled by physiological make up.

When the same thing happens to you, you will have the same reaction. To change this pattern of behaviour means you have to understand how you learned these patterns in the first place. To take control of your behaviour takes reprogramming of your mind and body.

Neuro Linguistic Programming looks at how you can improve or change your life. It uses a set of NLP Presuppositions as a basis for changing our patterns of behaviour. They also help us understand how we interact with the world around us.

One of the NLP Presuppositions is as follows:-

People respond to their perception of reality, not to reality itself.

What we see as happening is really only what we perceive is going on. We view or experience things with a life experience that channels our view of things. You can be with someone and have a completely different viewpoint to what is going on based on your knowledge, emotional state and your understanding.

Other Neuro Linguistic Programming presuppositions look at aspects of emotions and communications. They consider how people process what is happening around them. The basic tenet is that your mind, brain and body work together and that we learn the behaviour we have from an early age. From these presuppositions you can then look at changing things.

There is a whole science that reviews and commentates on these presuppositions. There is general agreement on them but still plenty of argument and discussion about the detail. Some practitioners even have their own versions that they prefer.

The Neurological (Neuro) part focuses on your bodily senses and the way they affect your behaviour. This physiological assumption for behaviour means there is a very strong link between your mind and body.

The Linguistic aspect looks at how we make sense of the world in our brain. It brings into the equation the part of the brain that is thinking and knowing.

The Programming part refers to how we live our lives in patterns and learnt behaviour. It can involve quite a bit of unlearning as well as reprogramming to achieve the desired changes in life.

These three aspects operate on the basis of the NLP Presuppositions. The usefulness of NLP is in trying to understand these presuppositions and adopting them to change our behaviour or our responses.

You can change things such as how you relate to others, how to learn a new language or even how to overcome the fear of flying. If you keep doing the same things over and over again then you will keep getting the same results. Your ability to change your life will depend on what you want to change and how embedded your current behaviour is.

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