Evidence-based NLP Psychology

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Framework has enjoyed enormous popularity in the field of applied psychology.

NLP has been used in business, education, law, medicine, and psychology to identify people’s patterns and alter their responses to stimuli, so they are better able to regulate their environment and themselves.

NLP looks at achieving goals, creating stable relationships, eliminating barriers such as fears and phobias, building self-confidence, and self-esteem, and achieving peak performance.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP Psychology encompasses NLP as a framework and set of interventions in the treatment of individuals with different psychological and/or social problems.

We aimed systematically to analyze the available data regarding the effectiveness of Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP Psychology


Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate how NLP may be used in the context of psychology: We have, generally speaking, five senses: seeing, hearing, feeling. smelling and tasting. The process of thinking involves creating mental representations in these five senses.

If I ask you about your last holiday, you will probably begin to remember the scenery, or conversations, or the sensations of whatever sport you may have engaged in. If I ask you to imagine your next holiday, if it is in a place you haven’t been before, you will probably begin to create some images of what it may be like.

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The more vividly you remember scenes or activities from your holiday, the more you begin to re-live those experiences, the more you will begin to feel the way you felt at that time. This is what in NLP psychology, we would call an ‘associated memory’

If, on the other hand, you have some old, faded photographs of a distant holiday, and see your younger self in them, you are likely to find that the feelings have faded, as well. When working with a person who has had a traumatic experience.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP Psychology is likely to invite their client to remember it in this way, a ‘dissociated’ memory.

With this kind of perspective, a person can begin to think about it in a more realistic way.

The understanding of the adult can be applied to events that have happened in the past, and they can be re-evaluated, helping resolve negative effects in the present.

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This differs from the approach of some traditional psychotherapies, which may encourage clients to re-live past traumas, with the idea that this will help them ‘work through’ the negative emotions. Most of us are aware of having a background of internal talk going on in our minds, and most often it is self-critical. Neuro-Linguistic psychotherapists call this our ‘internal dialogue’.

An NLP therapist will often encourage you to think positively or try saying positive affirmations to yourself, to counteract the negative effects of your self-criticism, but often this contradicts what we believe about ourselves.

It should be noted that NLP has been criticized by psychotherapists, concerning ineffectiveness, pseudoscientific explanation of linguistics and neurology, ethically questionable practices, cult-like characteristics, promotion by exaggerated claims, and promises of extraordinary therapeutic results.

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