Many people encounter everyday problems that can seriously alter their quality of life. A study carried out by the royal college of psychiatrists suggests that depression will affect one in five people at some point in their life. Phobias, habit disorders, learning issues and psychosomatic illnesses are amongst the other problems that are claimed to be curable through neuro linguistic programming. (NLP)
What is it?
NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s and is practised in order to incorporate higher levels of positive thinking into our everyday lives. The basic idea behind it is to increase the control you have over your brain, and to communicate more effectively. It teaches you to better analyse your thought processes and patterns in order to achieve a higher level of happiness and cancel out negative thoughts or low self-esteem. The overall aim is to help people fulfil their potential and have richer and fuller lives.
How It Can Help According To The Practitioners
Through Neuro linguistic programming, practitioners claim that through a study of positive mind-sets within exceptional people; it is possible to model the patterns within their brains and replicate them amongst others. This idea has been acknowledged and repeated throughout a wide selection of professionals including therapists, management staff and even taught through seminars.
Practitioners consider it to help a vast amount of people, from someone experiencing slight depression or negative thoughts to a phobia. Negative mind-sets are surprisingly common and most people go through this stage at some point in their lives.
Does It Really Work?
There has been a wide array of conflicting opinions on this matter. The vast majority of people do not even acknowledge its existence. Extensive empirical research concluded that NLP has a number of factual errors deeming the claims made by practitioners to be incorrect. Despite this, there have been a number of success stories in which lives have been miraculously altered for the better. Practitioners operate widely across the globe and argue to have achieved impressive things and helped a number of people, and they have the testimonials to prove it. Belief in its effectiveness will vary, but I am open to the idea and definitely hold the view that positive thinking can be achieved through techniques such as this.
What do you think? Can neuro linguistic programming really bring positive thinking and rid the world of mental illnesses and depression? Comment below.
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