Free Vak Test | Representation Test |

Answer each question with the very first response that comes to mind. If you have trouble deciding between two answers, tick the one that occurs first.

When you recall a time you were immensely drawn to someone, what was the very first thing that attracted you to them? Was it:
a.    The way they looked
b.    Something they said to you or that you heard
c.    The way they touched you or something you felt

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The Body Mind Connection

He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

Edgar A. Guest (Poet)

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.
Spanish Proverb

One of the principles that underpin NLP is that the mind and body form part of the same system. Changes in one can lead to changes in the other.

This makes intuitive sense:

•    Our body language of differs according to the emotional state we are in (happy or sad)
•    Changing our physiology can change our mood, for example, working out in the gym after a tiring day
•    We intuitively read a great deal about a person’s emotional state, their thinking etc. from shifts in their body language
•    When engaged in an exciting activity we notice pain less (“it’s only a scratch!”)
•    Simply imagining eating something pleasant or unpleasant can cause individuals to salivate or gag!
•    People who believe they will get better actually do heal faster than those who don’t believe (even if the condition is similar)
•    Mental activities such as meditation can affect heart rate, blood flow etc.
•    Athletes who work on their “mental game” tend to perform better than those who don’t (e.g. the phenomenon of ‘choking’)

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Pillars of NLP | The 4 Pillars

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

Mary Engelbreit (Children’s book illustrator)

NLP Success

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History of NLP (Part 2)

Around the same time, the saying goes that Grinder and Bandler began running a psychology course where they taught their approaches to therapy. This was known (informally by students) as “Dr Grinder’s Mind-Fuck 101” The course was eventually discontinued by the University on the grounds that it constituted unauthorized experimentation on and with human subjects.
It continued informally as a series of training seminars (for therapists) which were attended by Robert Dilts, Judith DeLozier (who later married Grinder), Leslie Cameron (who later married Bandler), David Gordon and Steve Gilligan amongst others. John O Stevens and Connierae Andreas took tapes of the Bandler-Grinder sessions and edited them into the brilliant volumes known as “Frogs into Princes” (1979), “Trance-Formations” (1981) and ”Re-framing” (1982). John O. Stevens later became better known as Steve Andreas when he married Connirae.

Working together and experimenting (with abandon and large doses of creativity) on each other, their friends and occasional passers by, this group began to come up with ideas, insights, and techniques which explained or reproduced the results that people get. It was from this research that field of NLP grew with discoveries such as anchoring, sensory acuity, calibration, re-framing, representational systems, and the two Language Models. Many of the personal change techniques such as the New Behavioral Generator and Change Personal History were also discovered here. During this time in the group was involved in extremely adventurous exploration, sometimes being downright irresponsible. There are stories of Bandler and Grinder giving phobias to unsuspecting people in shopping malls, and Gilligan putting waitresses into momentary trances while they were taking his order. Leslie Cameron spent one weekend in deep trance identification with Satir which left her with a totally different, softer voice, her strong Oklahoma accent almost completely gone. It is also said that  around this time that Bandler also coined the name Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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History of NLP

(Allegedly this stuff happened)

NLP originated in the melting pot that was the University of California in Santa Cruz in the 1970s. Students were encouraged to choose whichever classes they wished, to blend Arts and Sciences subjects and basically to design their own education according to their needs and desires. In addition, students and teachers were accorded basically the same privileges and freedoms which led to close relationships being formed across the campus.

At that time, Richard Bandler, a 20 year old, long haired, chain smoking psychology student was running a gestalt therapy group at the university which was having quite a degree of success. He was also transcribing the therapeutic sessions of Fritz Perls (the father of Gestalt psychology). It’s likely that Bandler was unconsciously using some of the techniques he’d picked up by observing Perl’s work. The problem he faced was that he was unsure of what exactly he was doing that led to his amazing successes in the gestalt group and whilst skilled at achieving these results himself, he was less skilled at teaching others to do what he did.

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