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Adapted by Ed Redard, M.D., and Mary
NLP is based upon a group of presuppositions.
Presuppositions are beliefs that someone practicing or
interested in NLP will find useful for creating changes in
themselves and the world, more easily and effectively. You can
view these presuppositions as resources with which you may look
at matters from a different perspective, or you can discuss
whether they hold true under all circumstances. Acting as if
these presuppositions are true will allow you to get more out of
the NLP model. By suspending momentary doubts, if any, you will
find yourself fully stepping into these new beliefs and greatly
enhancing your ability to benefit from these ideas.
The numbering of the presuppositions and the
wording will show mild differences, depending upon the training
center or the personal flavor that individual trainers add to
1. THE MAP IS NOT THE
All humans take in information through their available senses
and then give meaning to that information according to their own
unique models of the world. We cannot process every bit of
information that comes to us, so after deleting, distorting, and
generalizing the information we create a “map of the territory.”
We then refer back to that map for our information about the
world. For example, if I believe that Bob is selfish, it does
not mean Bob is actually selfish. All it means is that I have
arranged my map to represent him that way. People respond to
their maps of reality, not to reality. If you change your map
you’ll change your emotional state and experience of the world.
NLP is the science of changing these maps
2. COMMUNICATION = THE
The meaning of your communication to another is reflected in the
response it elicits, regardless of your intent. The effective
communicator will vary his/her communication so that the
intended message is the same as the response (how it understood)
3. MIND AND BODY ARE PART
OF THE SAME CYBERNETIC SYSTEM
Mind and body act as one. Thoughts, feelings, physiological
processing, sensory input and behavioral output all occur
simultaneously. They are all so interwoven that there is
virtually no real distinction between them. What we feel is how
we think, and what we think is how we feel.
4. PEOPLE WORK PERFECTLY TO
PRODUCE THE RESUTS THEY”RE GETTING
No one is broken, wrong, or incompetent. We are functioning
perfectly in what we are doing now (even if we are perfectly
“ruining” our lives). Therefore change is a matter of
discovering how we are functioning now, so that we can move into
doing something else more useful or desirable.
5. FAILURE TO GET YOUR
DESIRED RESULT IS A STEP TO SUCCESS
Every situation is useful, even if you dislike the results. The
knowledge you gain from your experiences is priceless in making
better decisions and choices in the future.
6. PEOPLE ALWAYS MAKE THE
BEST CHOICE AVAILABLE TO THEM AT THE TIME
Given who we are (our life experiences, how and what we
perceive, the choices that we are aware of, our perception of
reality, our moment to moment state) we behave the best way we
know how at any given point in time.
7. BEHIND EVERY BEHAVIOR IS
A POSITIVE INTENT
Each behavior has a positive intent, although it may be out of
conscious awareness, and this purpose (a positive by-product)
should be respected and valued. For example, the positive intent
behind ‘fear’ is usually ‘safety’. ‘Anger’ may have the positive
purpose of ‘motivating’ a person to take action.
In the book Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP, Robert Dilts states,
“It is also important to keep in mind that people can only have
a positive intention for the particular part of the total system
that they are aware of or identify with. Thus, an individual who
is knowingly and ‘purposefully’ doing something harmful to
another, will often have a positive intention for himself or
herself which does not include the other”.
8. CHOICE IS BETTER THAN NO
The world is much more than black or white, gain or lose, stay
or go, chocolate or vanilla. In any situation it is best to
consider all the shades of grey between black and white. NLP is
a method of adding options.
9. IF IT IS POSSIBLE FOR
SOMEONE, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR ME
To get what we want in the world we use our internal resources:
physiology, language, beliefs, values, model of the world, etc.
If we want to achieve a goal, we can locate someone that is
already accomplishing it, and then model them. If we take
similar actions, we will produce similar results.
PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE ALL THE INTERNAL RESOURCES THEY NEED TO
CREATE THE OUTCOMES THEY WANT AND DESIRE
Reaching our goals is a matter of recognizing
and using these resources at the right place and time. There are
no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states.
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