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Flourishing: Positive Psychology, Well-Being Theory and NLP

06 Oct 11
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What do we want? What do you want?

Happiness? Success? Love? Peace? A sense of purpose and meaning?

Intention is an important part of NLP. From “old school” techniques like the 6-Step Reframe (or N-Step Reframe), Grinder’s OIC Pattern, Dilts’ Neurological Levels, to the Virtual Question/ Primary Question process, Values and Logical Levels, getting beyond the surface to the core intention is powerful.

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. SeligmanIn his latest book, Martin Seligman, moves beyond focusing on just ‘happiness’ to “well-being” as the topic of positive psychology, and proposes five measurable elements (“PERMA”):

  1. Positive emotion (including happiness and life satisfaction)
    How? What Went Well and Why.
  2. Engagement (also known as flow – when you use your strengths to face the challenges coming your way)
    When people use their highest strengths to face the challenges that come their way they are more likely to experience flow.
    How? Identify your greatest strengths and identify specific ways that you can use them more.
  3. Positive Relationships
    How? Using Active Constructive questioning.
  4. Meaning (purpose and involvement in something greater than oneself)
    How? Write your vision of a positive future; Write your own obituary.
  5. Achievement
    How? Grit – ‘never give up’/ self discipline – predicts the top performers.

In Flourish, Seligman outlines an array of ‘tested’ methods for enhancing these elements, many of which overlap with what we’ve been doing in NLP for years… it is great to see the evidence building!

You can watch Seligman’s 25-minute speech that he presented to RSA in July 2011 on this topic here. Note that this is more recent than his comments on the state of psychology he presented at TED.

Recoded Neurological Levels: The How and Why Model

30 May 11
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Many trained in New Code NLP are interested in recoding existing patterns. Existing NLP formats can have great value when we can distill their underlying pattern rather than slavishly sticking with a preexisting rigid format.

Here is one attempt at recoding Robert Dilts’ Neurological Levels prepared by Daniel Smith:

If you can imagine holding a set of chopsticks (or pickup sticks) in one hand, vertically, then letting them go so that they fall to the surface. The sticks will often cross each other at various points.

  1. Choose a behaviour, characteristic, or idea with which an individual identifies for exploration. Framed by “explore the intentions to generate alignment”, secure support from the unconscious for the process. It may be useful to prime awareness of the rules for logical levels (especially heritability).
  2. Using codewords and inviting suggestions from the unconscious, generate an hierarchy of intention (eg asking “What for?”). It could be convenient to spatially mark the various points.
  3. Return to the starting point. Again using codewords and inviting suggestions from the unconscious, chunk down to how that behaviour are manifested.
  4. Present the proposed hierarchy to the unconscious for approval or refinement.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for different behaviour, characteristic or idea. Initially, have subsequent hierarchies non-overlapping (eg by having them parallel or skewed). From Third Position, compare subsequent hierarchies together, noticing any patterns. Check for similarities and overlap between terms in the heirachy; where they are similar, ensure support from the unconscious for having them treated as the same, so that the separate hierarchies can start to overlap.
  6. Discovery Process (optional): Move between the various points that have been marked and a Third Position, only allowing enough time for an awareness of that point to be reached before moving randomly to another point. Continue for 10-15 minutes (or until the unconscious presents a signal that it is time to stop).

A guide to choosing an NLP Trainers’ Training

30 Mar 11
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The first big step into NLP for most of us is our NLP Practitioner training.

This is an important and powerful experience, perhaps only matched by our Master Practitioner training. But what then?

Personally, I was immersed in the world of Anthony Robbins events and trainings. You might repeat your Practitioner or Master Practitioner training with the same trainer or different trainers to get a different perspective on things. You might also focus on applications of NLP – whether it be Robert Dilts’ session in Shenzhen on Sleight of Mouth in April, or Dr John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair’s course on New Code NLP in Taipei in May. Or you might focus on reading, practising and enjoying living your life.

But what then?

For some of us, the next step is their NLP Trainers’ Training. For me, it was like doing my Black Belt grading – challenging, demanding, and exciting. There are many places that you can do your Trainers’ Training… but which one to choose?

One of those places has just released a short document outlining some things to consider, and one of the authors, Chris Collingwood, has just authorized me to share this with China NLP. It is quite objective, and whether you end up training with them in Sydney (as I did), or NLPU in Santa Cruz, or NLP Comprehensive in Colorado, or NLP Academy in Brighton (as I also did), or Richard Bandler in Florida, it could be worth having a look at. You can download it here.

Types of NLP training

12 Jan 10
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A few years ago, I completed an MBA. It was hard work but the path was pretty straight-forward, with a number of compulsory subjects and some electives. And once I finished, I graduated and could put “MBA” after my name.

There are three basic levels of NLP training.

The first basic level of training is “Practitioner”. An NLP Practitioner will typically have been exposed to between 7 and 18 days of NLP training, focused on learning the fundamental patterns, techniques and attitudes.

The second basic level is “Master Practitioner”. Building on the Practitioner, Master Practitioner usually involves an extra 6-18 days of training. Sometimes this is focused on learning additional “advanced” patterns, while other trainers will focus Master Practitioner on Modeling.

The third basic level is “Trainer”. NLP Trainers Trainings are usually conducted over about three weeks, and is less focused on improving “NLP skills” and more focused on how to present NLP material.

In a sense, the fourth level would be the Graduate Certificate of NLP.

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Strategies of Genius – article by Robert Dilts

29 Aug 08
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All of us at various points in our lives behave and respond masterfully. However, many of these unique and rewarding instances seen to be a function of our level of inspiration. mood, number of hours of sleep, etc. and are not available to us at will. NLP has developed many tools an skills to help capture and apply the processes behind these seemingly “magical” moments more consciously and systematically.

“Modeling” is the process of taking a complex event or series of events and breaking it into small enough chunks that it can be repeated in a manageable way. These pieces can be organized into step-by-step strategies or programs that anyone can learn. Through NLP, for example, the thinking processes of geniuses such as Albert Einstein. Walt Disney, Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aristotle and others can be generalized and applied to health. Educates and organizational dynamics.

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