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Category: Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) for Insomnia

  1. Why I believe in NLP for insomnia and many other areas in life

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    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 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. 

  2. The core of NLP is Modelling

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    NLP has at its very foundations and its core the need for Modelling Projects. These projects were designed for its master practitioners to give something back to the world of NLP and further develop the field (at least that is what a properly trained Master of NLP has taken part in). Very similar to other scientific models these are theories that are developed by conducting interviews and detailed NLP assessments and analysis with people whom you want to model a behaviour or pattern from. 


    It is believed in NLP if you can model a skill or trait in one person. And that someone else is looking to work on that skill or trait. Then you can teach the person working on it how the other person does the thing. by teaching them to not just think how the other person thinks and do what they do but also how they feel, stand etc embodying the physiology as well as pschology, you not only train them you instil the neurolinguistic program into them.  An example would be: how do you teach a nervous speaker to deliver great speeches in public? You model the behaviour, language patterns, physiology and programming of great public speakers and find out what it is that sets them apart from others. Then turn this into a trainable model for your nervous speaker. You reprogram them into thinking, behaving, talking, acting and feeling like the great speakers and away they go.

    The problem in NLP is that there are so many of these models out in the market that has become flooded by training programs and their creators have made money out of them that the results of these models have not been quantifiable or scientifically proven. In fact, some. Like the one you may have heard of that went round the schooling systems in the 90’s that; you can tell if a student is lying by where their eyes move when they are talking to you or answering questions. This has since been widely debunked, proven wrong or as in this case they are not always true all of the time for all people and baselining and calibration is required. 

    Another problem with the field is that too many people become NLP practitioners without developing their own models but instead blindly rely on those as gospel that has come before them that have been developed by others.

    And those of us whose trainers insist we do carry out a full modelling project far too often go into the field, publish their results and setup practising and teaching these models without testing them out thoroughly in a quantifiable scientific way. Thankfully though some of our master NLP trainers, like mine, are more demanding of their students than that.