Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Being unable to understand your own mind is often what may prevent you from reaching your goals. A fear of success and/or failure. Uncovering the real problem can unlock a person potential. You have to address both the physical and the mental to become the best version of yourself. We use 2 different ways of approaching these problems. One is with NLP and the other is with hypnosis.
What Is NLP?
Simply it is the pursuit of excellence. On the technical side, NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language, and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). NLP is a pragmatic school of thought – an ‘epistemology’ – that addresses the many levels involved in being human.
NLP is a multi-dimensional process that involves the development of behavioral competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind the behavior. NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is and what the process of change is all about. At another level, NLP is about self-discovery, exploring identity and mission. It also provides a framework for understanding and relating to the ‘spiritual’ part of human experience that reaches beyond us as individuals to our family, community, and global systems. NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision.
What Is Hypnosis and/or Hypnotherapy?
“Guided focus.” Hypnosis — or hypnotherapy — uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness, also known as a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this state of mind, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks.
How does hypnosis work? Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling or therapy) because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious mind. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
Hypnosis Can Be Used in Two Ways
The hypnotic state makes the person better able to respond to suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail-biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.
This approach uses the relaxed state to explore a possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.