Let’s Talk About NLP – Part 2

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You see, NLP is so unique in that it both provides tools and skills for the development of individual success–however success may be defined by that person–as well as a way to guide self-discovery, exploring both identity and purpose. “NLP is not only about competence and excellence, it is about wisdom and vision.”

NLP operates on two fundamental presuppositions:

  • “The Map is Not the Territory”
  • “Life and ‘Mind’ are Systemic Processes”

The first explains how reality is determined through neuro-linguistic maps, determined by our sensory representational systems. This sounds like a lot, but what it means is that we don’t know reality, we only know what we perceive to be reality, and this determines how we behave. Our behaviors are then either influenced or limited not by reality, but our “map of reality.”

woman holding map on top of mountain

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The second details the processes which occur within ourselves as well as our interactions with others and other environments as systematic. “Our bodies, our societies, and our universe form an ecology of complex systems and sub-systems all of which interact with an mutually influence each other.” What this means is that it’s impossible to operate in a world where these systems don’t effect one another, we cannot isolate ourselves from our own thoughts, interactions with others, and interactions with the environments we experience, which, in turn, influence our range of emotions and behaviors.
Using NLP as a life coaching tool and method understands that, as humans, we display our emotions in a wide variety of ways. Whether through the tone, pitch, or volumes of our voices, our facial expressions, the pace in which we speak, our body language, and the words we choose to use. NLP coaches are trained to pick up on these unconscious indicators of meaning, and can help unveil clients unique maps of the world.


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