Designing Change

Developing your Ability to Develop Yourself

Ian Bracegirdle NLP therapy and hypnosis

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Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP grew from the research work of Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early seventies. They wished to find out why some people performed better than others and where the drive for personal excellence came from. At the time they had close contact with Gregory Bateson one of the most influential figures in cybernetics ( the study of communication and control in systems, living or electronic ). He pointed out three successful therapists, Milton Erickson, a hypnotherapist, Virginia Satir, a family therapist and Fredrick Perls, a Gestalt therapist. Each of the three therapist allowed their work to be modelled. Several techniques were recognised and adopted. In particular are; The Milton Model, artfully vague language, from Milton Erikson and The Meta Model, precise questioning language, from Virginia Satir.

Neuro is to do with the structure of the brain and connecting nervous system. Linguistic is how language affects us at a conscious and unconscious level. Programming is to do with the unique patterns of behaviour we all develop.

This information starts by looking at the basis for NLP work and then considers the approach used in individual therapy. Finally there are 10 practical exercises that are built up over ten weeks. You may find this too slow for your own learning, if so do them at your own speed. Apart from weeks 1 and 2 the order is not essential.

Before starting on the exercises at the core of this information, let us look at some basic NLP  principles. First the presuppositions on which NLP is built. They are as follows:-

The meaning of Communication is the response that you get!

  • Behaviour is geared towards adaptation, therefore present behaviour is the best choice available at this time.
  • There is no such thing as failure - only FEEDBACK.
  • The most important thing about someone is their behaviour.
  • You have an infinite amount of inner resources.  To reach them you only have to find a personal KEY.
  • The map is not the territory. ( We each have a different internal map of the world built from our own experience. These maps can be very different. )
  • Respect the other personís map of  the world.
  • The part of the system which has the most flexibility controls the system.
  • Behaviour and change should be evaluated in terms of Context and Ecology.
  • Some of this may sound foreign to you now, however, during the following exercises they will become clearer. If you do have questions you can address them to me by clicking below.

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