Major Presuppositions of NLP

Foundation of NLP

NLP is one way of looking at the world:

NLP helps YOU to step back and CRITICALLY analyze your own perceptions.

By changing our perceptions, we can change our reactions by changing our reactions we can change our behaviors, and as we change our behaviors we change other people’s beliefs.

If YOU believe that people are untrustworthy and that it is hard to get good things in life.   What happens?  What is your life like?

If YOU believe that people are helpful and anyone can attain goals they focus on how does that impact your life?

NLP presupposes that we create Reality.  So if we are creating Reality-let’s make it useful and enjoyable.

  1. Communication is a constant. We are in constant communication with our world. NLP is one way of looking at the world:
  2. Communication is a constant. We are in constant communication with our world. Even if we are not talking to anyone we are communicating that we don’t want to talk.
  3. The way you communicate elicits a response. (BF Skinner sr theory) The meaning of the communication is the response you get. IF you are not getting the response you wish then change your communication.
  4. People reply to their perceived sense of reality, as opposed to what’s really going on. we all hallucinate in the sense that we imagine and create perceptions of reality which may not be reality. We respond to our internalized map of reality.  NLP presupposes that it is easier and more useful to change your perception of the world than it is to change the world.
  5. There should be variety. An element with the most flexibility is usually the controlling element within a system. In a broader sense within a group of people one person may be doing things differently that person has more control.
  6. People make the best choice available to them. They make the best decision for themselves based on the information they have. Their decision may not seem best to other observers but within their internal systems they do.  What does BEST mean?  Best for subconscious mind…
  7. All behaviors are constructive in some way. There is something useful about a behavior in some way. As an example take the behavior of Lying:  You may not be able to think of a context in which it is useful or helpful.  In the context of acting it would be beneficial to lie or take on character of another person.
  8. There is structure in experience. ((What NLP calls Chunking.)) We can achieve anything if it’s broken into tiny doses. Chunking is a major concept in NLP. Chunking has to do with looking at the steps in a process. You can go down in Chunking or Up in Chunking.  Breaking behaviors or experiences into steps. Tasks become less daunting if there are steps or parts to do.
  9. Usually we have most of what we need. Most resources for change we already have. “Oz never gave anything to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have.” The missing part maybe is the catalyst -the therapist who helps put the pieces in the right place.
  10. We don’t fail. We try, and improve with feedback. Failure doesn’t exist.  LET GO OF FAILURE.  If something doesn’t’ work call it FEEDBACK. It’s   the cost of your education!  You learn something from everything you do.  So you go thru all the wrong answers until you get to the right answer!
  11. And, when things are out of control, not pushing you forward, make a left or right turn and try another route.
  12. Mind and body are connected and each affects the other. Our eye patterns reveal our internal sensory processing.  Our posture can influence our mood and our perceptions.
  13. Choice is better than no choice.
  14. People already have most of the resources they need.
  15. Anyone can do anything! If one person can do it… another can learn to do it!