NLP or neuro linguistic programming is one of those things that either is completely foreign to you, you’ve heard about on a conspiracy website and are kind of scared of, or you’re intimately familiar with and you don’t know how you live without it.
Chances are you’re interested in it. You’ve read about it somewhere and maybe just kind a want to know if you should even bother looking into it. And to tell you the truth, I think everyone should learn whatever parts of NLP are most important to their daily duties, because it’s a broad field. It’s a gigantic category of communication and understanding how the world works.
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Proficiency can be obtained probably within a couple hundred hours of dedicated practice and understanding after having reviewed different sources. It’s kind of like good and bad. I mean I think Richard Bandler, while very effective is completely manipulative and doesn’t quite, and that’s not necessarily a negative term, but its’ like manipulative without concern for the ecology of the methods.
So, not so much concerned about whether or not it impacts that person, people around them or the world, in a negative fashion but it’s so more focused on the end result, and of achieving change. Which could lead to some, what some might consider unethical methods, but very effective results.
That doesn’t mean, while completely applicable and the dude’s a genius, and knows what he’s talking about, of course; But that never really jibbed with me, whereas the grinder approach was the more…, concerned with ecology, concerned with working best with the people and obtaining change through those methods.
So following people down his path, you just have to find them and going to the people that created the data and the research that both of those guys based their theories on in NLP are from, like Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and a couple other folks. Man, I forget some of the other ones. But Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson are the ones that I studied the most (are) are the most interesting in my opinion.
But, it’s going to take some real face time. Some real practice time, some real dedication to applying each one of the major sections of NLP to every day and every tactic of your life. And I think if you start at ‘Introduction to NLP’…man I forget the authors. I’ll probably put it in the description below, or you can Amazon it, I don’t know the exact title.
There are several versions of it. It’s been out for a really long time. It’s not awesome, you know, you can’t necessarily completely encapsulate NLP in a single book. It’s going to require quite a few different approaches to it. But it’s a good introduction, to get you familiar with the terms, the people behind it, some of the methods; some of the pitfalls and caveats, and it’s a good start.
So find a good introductory book on NLP. You’ll find a lot of list, a lot of sections. You can kind of go by the star rating on Amazon and be directed to some pretty good sources. So start there. Also, if you search for Abraham’s book reviews on NLP, excellent, Oh most excellent resource on NLP books and where to start. He has great reviews; he has his own rating system. I would actually recommend going there first and if he has some affiliate links or something buy through them, because it’s great work. [Donate?] because it’s good stuff.
So that’s a good starting point. It’s going to take you a couple of months to go through a few books to really understand and practice. I would give yourself half a year to be exposed to it at least five to seven different books, different viewpoints so that you have a good overview of the topic, and then the next couple of years.
I mean two or three years before you’re going to have a good grasp of how to apply it, when best to apply it and how not to apply it. Do what works best for you, stick to the sections that make the most sense, but just really own what you do focus on. Apply it in your life, and it’ll come. It’s going to take some time.
See you later. Hear you later. Feel you later. Learn well. NLP is useful. Peace out.