Introduction Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP as it is better known, is a method of improving a person’s skills in communication, positivity and much more. The basis of the techniques used in NLP is that a person can only perceive a small part of what is going on in the World using our senses alone due to it being altered by our own perceptions, beliefs and prejudices.
The basis of Neuro Linguistic Programming treatments are to structure our language and actions in a better way using several different methods. This article aims to explain those practical treatments and methods in a brief way, to help you get a better idea of whether NLP is right for you.
NLP Modeling as a Practical Treatment One of the key methods and treatments used in NLP is called ‘modelling’ and is the process of building behaviours and beliefs that are adopted from another person that is adept in NLP.
The first models were Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls, all different types of Psychotherapists that were classed as exceptional people. It has been said that this treatment is very much like a master teaching a learner, but without the learner realising that they are being taught.
Due to the person learning NLP then taking on the ‘models’ behaviours, beliefs, strategies and so on, it is thought the learner will then be able to break down what they know to be able to teach other people who wish to learn also.
Meta model and ‘maps’ of the World as a NLP practical treatment Neuro Linguistic Programming refers to everybody’s perception of the World, their beliefs, thoughts and strategies as internal ‘maps’ of the World. Those who have a poor outlook on life may sometimes be restricted in their choices and therefore make bad decisions during their lifetime.
The Meta model is a NLP treatment in which a practitioner will ask a series of questions, or use a set language pattern in order to see how the client reacts and deals with these questions or patterns. By breaking down the information found in these patterns, the practitioner can then assist the client in working out what is hidden under the surface of the words.
The Meta model is designed to question the client’s original internal ‘map’ by expanding their limits and helping them to see problems or challenges in a different way. It is also useful to prevent restrictive thoughts or limited beliefs on subjects, basically opening up a person’s mind to see and think clearer.
The Milton Model or Hypnotherapy as a Practical Treatment
The Milton Model is a type of NLP hypnotherapy which uses language techniques that are similar to your regular hypnosis. Some people describe it as a way of using language to induce a trance, and then maintain this trance in order to make use the hidden and useful traits in our subconscious mind or personality.
Firstly in the Milton Model, a rapport is built with the client using known body language techniques such as ‘mirroring’ to set the pace for the hypnosis and to make the other person feel more at ease.
Secondly, the conscious mind must be distracted, sometimes called overloaded, so that it the NLP practitioner can communicate with the unconscious mind before indirect communication is used. Suggestions will be made to the client that are particularly vague and open for their interpretation.
This method is extremely popular for those that are having confidence issues, wish to get over a phobia or want to be able to communicate better with others.
There are many practical treatments available through Neuro Linguistic Programming; this article has only touched on a few of the more popular methods. The key to each of the treatments is to gently persuade the person to think and feel in a more positive way, opening up their perceptions and offering them indirect solutions to a direct problem.
NLP is extremely popular for many psychotherapists and more people are studying to becoming practitioners in this subject due to it providing them with key skills which they can then provide, in the form of treatments, to others.