Presuppositions are essential parts of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). You may think of them as the guiding principles or beliefs that hold the NLP model together.
NLP doesn’t proclaim these beliefs as being ‘ultimately’ true, but we do presuppose that they are. In NLP, what is important about these beliefs is whether they are useful or not.
The map is not the territory is in my opinion one of the most important presuppositions in the whole of NLP. It represents how you see the world. It was originally developed my Alfred Korzybski, the founder of General Semantics. It simply means that we are always slightly separated from ‘reality’. Continue reading
Our “fight or flight response” is our body’s natural inborn response that prepares the body to “fight” or “run” from harm, whether perceived or real.
When we experience excessive stress, either internally or from an outside source–a bodily reaction called “fight” or “flight” response is triggered. This response is a primitive automatic hardwired program in our brains that is designed to protect us from harm. The area responsible for this response is the hypothalamus, which when stimulated prepares our body for action.
On stimulation of the hypothalamus, chemicals like adrenaline (also known as epinephrine), noradrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream. Continue reading
Every person experiences stress, it doesn’t matter how fit, strong, or courageous you think you are, you will at some time in your life experience a stressful situation. Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations – whether real or perceived. Your body releases chemicals into the body that enable you to take action to avoid injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight”, or stress response.
Our bodies are designed to handle small amounts of stress. There are optimal levels of stress that actually help people to achieve their desired outcome and get the best results they are looking for.
However, there are times when the optimal level of stress goes beyond what is optimal and no longer assists us in achieving our goals. In order to live a healthy balanced life, it is very important to learn how to manage stress and control anxiety before it overwhelms and controls you. Continue reading
Anchoring is the process of associating an internal response to some environmental or mental stimulus, which allows the response to be re accessed consciously or covertly. When someone is in an intense state (emotionally), and a specific stimulus is applied at the peak of that experience, then the two are linked neurologically – Experience (state) +Stimulus (anchor) = neurological link.
Anchoring is similar to the “conditioning” technique used by Ivan Pavlov to create a link between the ringing of a bell, and the act of giving food to dogs. The dogs quickly associated the ringing of the bell with the receiving of food, and would salivate at the sound of the bell even though no food was given.
Pavlov noticed that salivation was a reflexive process and occurred automatically in response to a specific stimulus and did not fall under conscious control. He suggested that the salivation process was a learned response. The dogs were responding to the sound of the bell, which they had come to associate with the presentation of food. Continue reading
As a Christian minister and teacher, I’ve seen and heard more stories of disappointment and confusion than I have stories of success and victory, and I am not necessarily talking about success and victory in sense of riches and materialism.
I am referring to the success and victory over the mind. Many of these people were waging private wars within themselves.
They were plagued by feelings of fear, hopelessness, unhappiness and defeat. They would make statements like, “ I’m a Christian and I know I shouldn’t feel like this”, “I shouldn’t think the thoughts I think, or act the way I act, but I just can’t seem to overcome these negative feelings and thoughts”.
Why is this? Is there something God is not telling us, are we missing something, is it God’s fault or ours?
While the idea of being a powerful overcoming and victorious person is very appealing as a Christian, it would seem that it is easier said than done. Continue reading