NLP Presupposition | Principles of Thinking and Behavior

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a study of excellence.

To achieve this excellence, a number of assumptions about the reality where these assumptions are considered true. These assumptions that are assumed to be correct called NLP presupposition which forms the basis of the foundation in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

This NLP presupposition will help a person make a transformation in his life towards a more successful and happier life.

The following shows some presuppositions taken from references from The Society of NLP, USA, as follows:

The Ability to Change The Process

The ability to change the process by which we experience reality is more often valuable than changing the content or experience of reality.

The ability to change the process by which we experience reality is often more valuable than changing the content or experience of that reality.

A person’s ability to change the process of how the mind works in the face of external or internal stimuli and to respond appropriately is more valuable than simply changing the content of experiences in the person’s mind’s memory.

In short, this NLP presupposition emphasizes changing the core (core) of a problem, not emphasizing changes in symptoms (symptoms).

The Measure of Intelligence is The Ability to Change

The Meaning Of The Communication Is The Response You Get

The main meaning of communication is the response we want to get. If the response given by our talking partner is contrary to the response we want to get, it means that our way of communicating is not right to get the desired response.

Therefore, a sensory sensitivity is essential to determine whether the communication we are doing is appropriate or not. If not, then there is a need for flexibility to get the desired response by changing the way we communicate.

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All distinctions human beings are able to make concerning our environment and our behavior can usefully be represented through the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory senses.

Thoughts represent information obtained through internal input and external input in the form of images (visual), sound (auditory), feelings (kinesthetic), smell/fragrance (olfactory), and taste (gustatory).

The ability to represent and organize this information in a useful and resourceful way will differentiate between one individual and another.

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Who Can Change Ourselves Is Ourselves

The resources an individual needs to effect a change are already within them. Within each individual has the resources needed to make changes. Many people do not know this and therefore cannot use these resources to make the desired change.

Body and mind (body and mind) are concrete examples of the resources that exist within everyone. The ability to use these two resources properly and correctly will go a long way in bringing about the desired change.

The Map Is Not the Territory

Neuro-Linguistic Programming assumes that people behave based on what they perceive about the outside world, not based on actual reality. The perception is a representation of the outside world that is in the brain.

This perception is then called a map. According to Alfred Korzibski, the person who popularizes the term “the map is not the territory”, a map is not the actual area of ​​the area it represents. However, if the map has the same structure as the area it represents, this map will be very useful.

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The Positive Worth Of The Individual Is Held Constant

The positive worth of the individual is held constant, while the value and appropriateness of internal and/or external behavior are questionable. Everyone has a positive value from the behavior they do. In Neuro-Linguistic Programming, this positive value is maintained constantly because it can be a useful resource.

However, the behavior that is carried out must be questioned whether it is in accordance with the context or not, ecological or not, bringing from the present state to the desired state or not, and so on.

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There Is A Positive Intention Motivating Every Behavior

There is a positive intention motivating every behavior; and a context in which every behavior has value.

Whatever behavior someone does, there is always a positive intention behind the behavior. Behavior is incongruent or incompatible when it is in the wrong context. This is because no one behavior fits all contexts.

However, there is always a context according to a particular behavior where this conformity will generate value or benefit for that person. A simple example of this presupposition is “forgetting” behavior.

In the context of testing, forgetting is a very useless behavior. However, in the context of trauma, the ability to forget the traumatic event is very useful.

Feedback VS Failure

All results and behavior are achievements, whether they suit the desired outcomes for a given task/context or not.

This NLP presupposition emphasizes that if a behavior does not produce the desired outcome, then it is not a failure. Feedback explaining that what is done does not lead to achieving the desired outcome. In addition, every output that results from behavior is an achievement as well.

However, the question is whether the attainment is desirable or unwanted. By knowing that the resulting feedback does not lead to the desired result, the necessary adjustments can be made until the desired outcome is achieved.

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We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

What is NLP?

In simple terms, Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP) is a series of models, techniques and strategies to help us better understand how the language we use influences the way we think and the results we get!

How can I benefit from using NLP?

NLP can have a positive effect on every aspect of your life. It can be used to move forward with some specific challenge or issue, or can be adopted more generically to make a difference to all areas of your life.

ANLP has many case studies and success stories detailing how NLP has helped clients, organisations and educational establishments with specific challenges over the years.

How does NLP work?

Have you ever done something so elegantly and effectively that it took your breath away? Have you had times where you were delighted at what you did and wondered how you did it?

NLP shows you how to understand and model your own successes, so that you can reproduce them. It is a way of discovering and unfolding your personal genius, a way of bringing out the best in yourself and others.

NLP is the study of excellence. It is the study of both the conscious and unconscious processes that combine to enable people to do what they do. The key to success is often unknown at a conscious level. Using NLP, you can elicit these unknown pieces.

You may want to improve your relationships, or eliminate an anxiety, or become more competitive in the market place. The key pieces are not found in the muscles, but in your inner thoughts, like words or pictures, or feelings or even beliefs. Once you know these unknown pieces you can change them. NLP exercises are like thought experiments, mental exercises or a game. The laboratory is your mind.

How did NLP develop?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming was first defined by Dr Richard Bandler (a Mathematician) and John Grinder (an Associate Professor of Linguistics) working together at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the early 1970s at a time of rapid development in the humanities field.

They asked the important question "What is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent and someone who excels at the same skill?" and decided to model various people in order to discover the answers. It just so happens that the three people they chose to model were the outstanding therapists, Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Virginia Satir (Family Therapy) and Milton Erickson (world renowned psychiatrist who gave his name to a form of hypnosis). They could just as easily have modelled outstanding businessmen or scientists.

Richard Bandler and John Grinder modelled their language, physiology and mental processes and then identified patterns (rather than theories) which could be explicitly taught. NLP also drew on many existing fields of study including the work of Chomsky in linguistics, of Korsybski in general semantics, Ashby in systems thinking and many, many others.

Do I need an NLP trainer or an NLP professional?

That depends on what you hope to achieve.

If you would like one to one support to achieve a specific goal or deal with a particular challenge in your life, then you may like to consider visiting an NLP professional (a Practitioner or Master Practitioner).

If you would like to learn more about NLP, either for your own personal development or because you are considering a career change or additional career, then you are looking for an NLP trainer. You can then attend some NLP training and become a qualified Practitioner yourself.

How do I choose a good NLP professional?

For starters, make sure any NLP professional you are considering working with belongs to the Professional Body, so you have something to fall back on and they have a self-regulatory framework to base their business upon.

ANLP offers you impartial guidance on choosing either an NLP professional or an NLP trainer and strongly advises that you do your due diligence before engaging their services.

How much does an NLP session cost?

The cost of an NLP session will vary depending on whether you are having a 1-2-1, group or a training session as part of a longer course. Prices will also vary based on the skill and specialization of the Practitioner… a single session may be as little as £50 and a course can be over £3,000.

We recommend you use our ANLP resources to select the right NLP professional for you and that you understand how much you will be charged per session or for the course before you commit.

By searching on our site and using an ANLP Member, you will be assured that the person you select is qualified, as they state on their profile, as either an NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer, or ANLP Accredited Trainer from an ANLP-recognised NLP School.

NOTE: If you are looking for NLP training and to learn NLP as a practitioner, we do NOT recommend that you use online courses to learn NLP as the quality and depth of training offered is, in our professional opinion, not adequate to certify you as an NLP practitioner with ANLP. As the internationally recognized, independent body of NLP Professionals, ANLP does not endorse or recognize ANY online-only NLP courses.

Where do I start?

If you are interested in engaging an NLP professional to support you through a particular issue, then we suggest you start by looking at our guide for choosing a good NLP professional.

If you are wondering if NLP is a good fit for your organization or workplace, then start by reading our guide for using NLP at work.

If you are thinking about training in NLP for yourself, then start by looking at our guide for choosing a good NLP trainer.

If you are curious and want to know a bit more about NLP before diving in, then do have a look at our case studies and recommended book list, both of which can help you to make informed decisions about whether or not NLP is right for you.

Is there any research to prove NLP works?

For many years, there was very little research around NLP. That is changing and there is a growing body of evidence to support the roots of NLP practice and various specific strategies and techniques used within NLP practices.

There is also a growing body of research particularly in the education field, funded by the Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT). We feature their research papers, and others, on our Research Pages.

The first NLP Research Journal was published by NLPEA  in 2009 and was launched at the House of Commons in January 2010.

In the States, the Research and Recognition Project focuses on PTSD and trauma protocols and continues to campaign for funded research into these particular areas.

What about online courses in NLP?

We think online courses, in NLP, such as Udemy, are one of many great ways to discover more about NLP and what it can do for you...

We also strongly believe that if you have more than a passing interest in NLP and want to use it to build your own practice or enhance existing client-led services, it is so important to learn your NLP practice face to face, in a live training environment and dealing with real people.

NLP is an experiential subject and practicing NLP is an essential part of any certification when you want to work with others.

There is a big difference between 'online' courses and 'virtual' courses. Due to the pandemic in 2020, NLPEA's Accreditation panel and advisors explored ways of safely delivering NLP training in a virtual setting, resulting in the ANLP Criteria for Virtual Training. If your NLP Training meets all these live training requirements, you can still apply for membership of NLPEA.

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