NLP is a method of changing thought patterns and associations to get out of the habits and fears. It offers various strategies to move towards your ideal self and what you wish to achieve, and to break free from what is holding you back.
Here’s a demonstration to understand how the brain works:
Step 1: Picture a food item that you feel neutral about right now. (I.e., you don’t really want it, but could eat it.)
Step 2: Make this picture black and white, and push it far away in the distance, as it gets smaller. How do you feel about eating it right now?
Step 3: Make the picture come closer and closer, make it bright, three-dimensional, as it gets bigger and closer in front of you. Is it more appealing than it was in Step 2?
For everything we want or don’t want, our brain makes pictures, sounds or feelings. NLP is used to alter this process, and connect it to elicit the responses you desire, so that the change becomes easy.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
CBT explains the interaction between our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. The central idea is that if we change our thoughts, our feelings and actions change as well, similar to NLP. It entails:
Understanding how thoughts, feelings and actions lead to
Switching to new, more useful skills for changing the behaviour
Another instance of using CBT to change behaviour:
Instead of “fixing problems” with people, Positive Psychology is about using proactive scientific methods to enhance the state of mind. This involves:
Tackling challenging situations and people
Engaging and relating with other people effectively
Increasing creativity and productivity
Helping others find fulfillment and satisfaction, instead of focussing only on