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NLP Explained

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NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Neuro = Brain & Nervous System

Linguistic = The language we use to communicate with ourselves and others

Programming = How our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving are shaped - and how we can reprogram ourselves

NLP is practical ‘mind technology’. Rather than the typical psychology method of studying dysfunction, NLP is modelled on how people function well. It was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, and developed further by them and countless others ever since.

Put simply, NLP is about how thinking is structured, and how to change the way we think in order to get the results we want.

Old dogs can learn new tricks

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Fast, easy, and permanent change is made possible by neuroplasticity - the brain's amazing ability to change its form and function with every experience we have.

It's really pretty simple. Our thinking - both conscious and unconscious - creates our feelings, and our feelings drive our actions. Most of our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving were created unconsciously, building neurological pathways in our brains that keep us doing what we've always done.

Think > Feel > Do

But when we change our thinking, as well as changing how we feel, we create new neurological pathways and empower ourselves to choose more helpful and enjoyable behaviour.

NLP and The Calm Spot work at both the unconscious level at which our thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns were created, and at the conscious level when we become aware of our old patterns and choose to think differently.

The result? Feeling better, more of the time.

Download An Introduction to NLP (2 page pdf) to learn more.

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