Can NLP Give You New Skills and Expertise in a Day?

Human behavior is shaped by the brain. The organ structure and biochemistry influence a person’s consciousness and subjective experience, as well as his learning abilities.

It is believed by many linguistic experts that the intricate links between neurological processes, language, and behavior are largely influenced by experience. As such, behavior modification can be made possible by introducing changes in a person’s life and experiences.

What is NLP?

Neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP, was conceived in the 1970s in California, United States by two linguists, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. According to them, neural and language processes can be programmed through the introduction of specific words, ideas, and movements.

The NLP approach makes lofty claims such as being able to imbue virtually anyone with skills that only someone with savant capabilities naturally possesses. In a span of one session, it is also supposedly able to treat psychological illnesses such as learning disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, phobias, and depression. It further holds that it can cure physical conditions such as allergies, myopia, and the common cold.

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NLP’s Main Principles

The main principles behind NLP consist of the following:

  1. Consciousness. The subjective experience of the individual is represented by the conscious and the unconscious components of the mind. Both occur within and outside of the person’s awareness.
  1. Subjectivity. The world is experienced by each individual in a unique fashion, and his behavior is understood in terms of the subjective representations of the five sensory facilities, as well as language. Inside of the individual’s mind, he is able to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and make sense of these sensations through some form of language.
  1. Learning. The person’s verbal and non verbal expressions, inclusive of both the adaptive and pathological actions, all comprise the unique spectrum of behavior acquired as a result of the interaction of the five senses. Consequently, any change applied to these aspects, which NLP qualifies as a learning experience, can effect a permanent change.

Learning through Modeling

Essentially, NLP enables the individual to undergo a process of learning through “modeling” or imitation, which “codifies” another person’s skill or expertise in any given area. During the codification process, the individual will be able to replicate the said skill or expertise by simply copying as closely as possible the described sensory and linguistic experiences. This may involve duplicating the environmental conditions when the skill or expertise was executed, as well as the thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced by the other person.