NLP – Friend or Foe?
Here is a fast start-up for those that want to wake up to what NLP can be doing to them and for them in their world.
So what is it and what can it do?
According to Robert B. Dilts, of the NLP University:
“NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).”
He says “NLP was originated by John Grinder (linguistics) and Richard Bandler (gestalt therapy) for the purpose of making explicit models of human excellence.”
They used the work of hypnosis legend Milton H. Erickson, M.D. and the verbal and behavioral patterns he developed.
Overall NLP is a vehicle that reaches our subconscious mind directly to get a change in beliefs, thought patterns etc. Actually NLP can work whether we realize it or not. The situation to consider is: Is it being used in a therapeutic way, or in a more unaware manipulative way?
Here is an interesting clip from English master entertainer and NLP expert Derren Brown. In it he gets large numbers of people in a shopping mall to raise their hands “on command” simply by immersing them in NLP speech patterns.
And another short clip that illustrates mind change via certain interesting and not all that noticeable techniques.
Lastly watch as Brown gets famous British actor Simon Pegg to change what Simon wants as a birthday gift. Near the end of the video Derren Brown shows some of the techniques that enact the changes in Simon’s mind.
Overall what you can take from this, is that in the world there are those that can be and are modifying your desires, choices, beliefs etc….. All without you ever being aware of what is being done to you. Are your food choices, political, ethical or moral beliefs being manipulated? Take a step back and look!
Now also realize that many hypnotists, therapists, and direct NLP practitioners also are using these techniques as vehicles for great positive changes people desire in their lives.
Alas, the famous two edged sword.
So…… Take heed, be aware, and be ever watchful….
[P.S. by Zen - These techniques are used by politicians, advertisers and marketers, social engineers and all types of nefarious manipulators continually in our society and should be taken very seriously. If you want a perfect example look at any one of Obama's speeches - the cadence, emphasis points, the phrasing, the couched metaphors and images, and the rest. Diabolical but very effective.
And yes, NLP can be used to help people and has wonderful potential, but in this dark day and age the preponderance of its use is for personal advancement, and even moreso to implement societal programming and control. Thanks Phaedrus for this great introduction!]