Imagine you had a practical toolbox containing all kinds of tools for successful communication: here a wrench for verbal content, i.e. words and statements, there a pair of pliers for non-verbal content such as gestures and facial expressions. Would you use these tools to better understand your counterpart and to communicate your own statements more clearly? You certainly would! Because we usually like to use methods that make our everyday life and that of our fellow human beings easier. And this is exactly where NLP into the game. NLP stands for neuro-linguistic programming and deals with the question of how to influence the brain (neuro) with the help of language (linguistics) (programming). Find out now what is behind it, what advantages it offers and how you can program yourself to a completely new level of success with NLP!
What is NLP?
In the 1970s, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first developed what we call neuro-linguistic programming. However, the original goal of the approach was to define factors of successful therapies so that as many people as possible could benefit from them. Today, NLP is primarily understood as practical techniques and methods for effective communication.
However, we would like to add that this is only one of many different definitions. To summarize NLP in a few sentences is not that easy. There are numerous explanations which have a common denominator in the core: NLP is based on the assumption that we can change our mindset - and the beliefs of others - through communication. This means that our mindset and beliefs do not harm us, but help us to achieve our goals.
For example, NLP can be used to switch off unwanted behaviour or to permanently replace negative thoughts with positive ones. The effect of NLP has not yet been scientifically proven, but numerous NLP practitioners are convinced of the method. At the same time NLP is about feeling better overall. And last but not least, NLP also includes the ability to control conversations in a targeted way. Therefore NLP is especially interesting for people who regularly have important conversations.
For whom is NLP suitable?
Basically, neuro-linguistic programming is suitable for all those who want to improve their communication or who want to finally exploit their own potential to the full - no matter whether professionally or privately. It is also useful for anyone who wants to help others improve. Especially in these areas NLP therefore plays a particularly decisive role:
- Life and business coaching
- Therapeutic areas
- Pedagogical fields
- Management and staff leadership
- Entrepreneurship and self-employment
- Sales and distribution
- Public Health
- Economy and politics
What can you do with NLP?
Think back again to the practical toolbox with the wrench and pliers. What can you repair with it? Exactly, almost anything. It's very similar to neuro-linguistic programming. You can use it in many ways to improve your communication, change behaviour and redefine relationships. Above all, NLP lets you grow personally and is therefore a decisive factor for personality development. Specifically, you can bring about the following changes that lead to more success and fulfillment in your life:
- gain confidence
- Improve relations
- Understanding the feelings, actions and motives of others
- Become more empathic
- Breaking negative thought loops
- Discover personal strengths
- Avoiding conflicts
- overcome crises
Why is NLP under criticism?
Granted, the image of neuro-linguistic programming is not entirely positive. On the contrary, from time to time there are critical voices that want to refute individual theses or claim that NLP is manipulative. Not quite wrongly, because those who control communication can sometimes consciously use it to their own advantage - even if this is a disadvantage for the other person.
However, whether a tool is misused and used as a weapon is not up to the toolbox, but up to the person who uses it. Meaning: NLP is not basically evil. Nevertheless, it cannot be completely excluded that an individual or a group misuses NLP for selfish purposes.
Another frequent criticism is the term "programming". But what we must not forget is: We are all programmed anyway by our experiences, our past and our beliefs - no matter whether we use NLP or not. However, with the help of the targeted application of NLP we can overwrite the programming that is not good for us. So if you are afraid of the word "programming", you don't have to worry - we are "programmed" anyway.
NLP: Right for you?
Whether neuro-linguistic programming is an enrichment for you, you alone must decide. These methods are solution-oriented and designed to increase your mindset, communication and empathy. If you want to improve your personal strengths or lead an (even) more successful life, NLP could be just right for you. Try it out - because you have nothing to lose!
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