What is NLP?
What is Neurolinguistic Programming?
Do you remember the first time you used a computer? Imagine, I would have come without any instruction manual, without web pages where to ask questions and without any person to teach you how to use it. Possibly by trial and error you could learn to do something else, but unless intuitively you were very good at handling it, you would be very far from reaching your full potential. Our brain is that computer, it is an extraordinarily powerful machine, but it came without an instruction manual. We know how to do some things with him, some more and others less depending on whether we intuitively get better or worse, what happens is that most of us have not received any guidance on how to use it and still do not know how to get the most out of it. Neurolinguistic Programming is that instruction manual. Neurolinguistic Programming was baptized as such by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 70's. It is a fascinating science because it describes the dynamics between the mind and the language and how their relationship affects our body, behavior and emotions. It is a well-equipped toolbox for our definitive change and personal growth in many ways. It is the art of personal excellence, it provides us with a wide range of learning strategies, specially designed to achieve our objectives and to help us successfully confront problematic situations.
What does Neurolinguistic Programming mean?
Programming: Because we incorporate and execute programs. Our brain acts like a great computer, when we are born we hardly have an operating system, but with the time and the experiences that enter through our five senses and we incorporate programs. Some of them are very useful, but others not so much, only that they are there because they have a secondary gain or they protect us from something. What Neurolinguistic Programming tries to do, is that people can select the program that suits them best for each occasion, instead of executing the one that is most at hand, or leaving the analogy, which we are used to using.
Neuro: our brain, our neurons, contain our references (memories) and processes (strategies), which determine how we behave and how we feel emotionally. The "reprogramming" consists of modifying these references and processes, that is, establishing new information in the brain and new neuronal connections, which modify our behavior and our emotions.
Linguistics: the processes and memories of our mind can be encoded and described in different languages. Internally our mind processes information as images, sounds and sensations, and externally we manifest it with our words and our body language. These images, sounds, sensations, verbal language and body language will be the tools that will allow us to access and modify our references and processes.
How does our brain work?
The brain does not respond exactly to the orders that we give to it in a conscious way. If we do not know how our brain works we can be giving it some instructions that do not suit us at all.
Sometimes we get nervous at critical moments when what we least need is precisely to be nervous. And if another person comes and tells you "do not get nervous", you remain just as nervous or worse. It is useless to tell a nervous person "do not get nervous" because the brain does not understand a negative.
Has not it ever happened to you that you have one or several problems or urgent tasks that do not let you sleep through the nights of worry? Although you can act to solve these problems, if at 3 o'clock in the morning you can not do anything to solve them, the right thing would be to be asleep to have strength the next day to tackle those problems, instead our brain plays the trick on us to bring them a and again, as if trying to remember that they are important things: "HEY, THIS IS IMPORTANT!", "HEY, THIS IS IMPORTANT!". Our conscious mind knows that we will act to solve those problems tomorrow morning, but our unconscious mind does not understand it and alerts us to the problem NOW.
A further example is the person who has image problems, for example, a person who despite having lost weight and having a normal weight or below the average is still seen with overweight. In this case the brain at the logical level can understand "weight so many kilos", but unconsciously our own perception plays another trick on us: "I look fat" or "I am fat". If we can not align our conscious mind with the perception of our subconscious mind, we can cause an identity problem that will cause serious eating disorders, self-esteem, etc.
Do you see the pattern? What happens is that our brain often works in ways that are not very useful or even harmful. Without wanting to, our brain acts against our interests. And many times it is because we can not get the conscious part and the unconscious part of our mind to function as we want. Well, really what happens is that we still do not know how to do it.
And this is where Neurolinguistic Programming comes in as a way of understanding and managing our mind. It is the instruction manual of the brain. It is the ability to think as we want to think.
By not understanding this operation many times all we do is perpetuate the limiting and negative emotional state. The subconscious does not distinguish between things that you think and say seriously and things that you do not. All these phrases are affirmations that make our mind register them and remain in our subconscious as "schedules" that determine our life.
Therefore, what we must do is "reprogram" our mind with what we really want for ourselves.
Uses and applications of Neuro Linguistic Programming
-Personal and professional development: Any intervention carried out in the personal field will have direct effects on the family, work, company, profession, etc.
-Health: Neurolinguistic Programming techniques represent a highly effective therapeutic model for the restoration of body-mind balance, thus being able to recover and maintain a healthy environment.
-Education: It is a powerful tool to help both educators and students with practical applications in increasing skills and performance.
Some examples are:
Eliminating phobias, panic attacks, traumas, fears, depression.
Guiding you on the path of your venture. Improving your self-esteem and developing your own strengths.
Enhancing your capacity for study, concentration and attention.
Improving the relationship with your own body, eliminating weight problems, nutrition and habits.
With talks and business and academic workshops. Developing all the potential that is in you, being your best version.