This is why I am approaching this in a slightly different way and although I am a certified, and qualified NLP practitioner. I am working my way to becoming a master practitioner my intention is actually to place myself more in the realm of the theorist or analyst than that therapist or selp help expert. I have lots of ideas of where and how neuro-linguistic programming can be applied in our lives, in my work as a marketing and communications professional and in other social and political areas. I am interested in how it can be used as a tool for understanding ourselves and the world, and people's interactions within it. As well as for making personal and social changes.
You see despite the negativity in the reputation for NLP I know it has lots of benefits because I have seen them in myself and others. I also know that despite its doubters it is used by Scotland Yard Hostage Negotiators (who I have been trained by) and the secret services in not only analysing what a person is really saying but also in influencing people to do their bidding, or not take that life or action. For this reason I know it is a very powerful set of techniques.
But the point of my writing is not to sell a course on these theories or to take them out into the field and “heal” people. But rather to put them out there and let others test, try out, debunk, prove or build upon these theories. I put it to you to test me out. Test out my ideas and prove me wrong, or hopefully benefit and change your life as it has for me.
Others seeing the benefits in using Neuro-Linguistic Programming
With that, all said though it is worth knowing that many areas of psychology, psychotherapy and health services providers, including the National Heath Service in the UK are starting to use NLP more and more to treat patients and they see its benefits. So over time more scientific studies will take place to prove or disprove the theories and models. And if not, as social and behavioural science practitioners, we should lead the way in our own field.
Many businesses are seeing the benefit of NLP also and not just in persuasive sales and marketing but also in change management and employee development.
In conclusion: pushing the elephant out of the room
When people tell me that they do not believe in NLP, I simply say “good we rely on you not believing, because that is what makes it work.” Of course, this is very tongue in cheek but its true. In sales and marketing as well as areas of advertising and political propaganda the fewer people know or believe about how easy it is to persuade them the easier it is to do it. So this too is part of my work which will be developed in other books and online in places like www.sleeplessdystopian.com to teach people about where and how these things are influencing us and, hopefully, by being aware of the techniques and teaching them how to defend themselves against their use.
I will be discussing this concept in the blog also but more on the personal side of how these things might be affecting you and your mindset and how their influence has both a sociological and a psychological effect on us as human beings.
Another important element on NLP is its beauty as a model and technology of communication. Together with other areas of psychology and behavioural economics, it can be both enlighting for us as individuals as well as a great tool for us to use to bring about positive social change.
So, whatever your viewpoint on NLP if you have stayed with me this far why not continue on the journey and see where it takes you. I know it has benefited me personally and professionally and indeed has helped me live a happy and prosperous life with insomnia so hopefully, it can do this for you too.
In the next blog, I will be looking into the other two elephants left in the room: meditation and mindfulness.