If NLP is a collection of techniques that were modeled from people who didn’t do NLP, then isn’t NLP just a bag of other people’s techniques?
It may sounds like it at first, but the right answer is:
No, definitely not.
Let’s put the bag of techniques in the closet for a moment and look at what’s left. We have the presuppositions, the deconstruction of the cognitive process into sense modalities, and we have a strong philosophy and approach of modeling excellence.
• The presuppositions are successful ideas from successful people;
• the deconstruction of cognitive processes is done in various ways in cognitive psychotherapy;
• and everybody knows you can learn a lot about how to do something from the people who already know how to do it.
Isn’t NLP just a bushel of truisms and other people’s skills ?
No, definitely not.
Let’s put the bushel truisms and other people’s skills in the closet with the bag.
Well, now all that’s left is a lot of people promoting trainings with big promises. Is NLP just a blast of hot air?
Yet again: No, definitely not.
Let’s put the blast of hot air in with the bushel and the bag.
Now all that’s left is the spirit of Neuro Linguistic Programming. That is, a spirited pursuit of understanding and techniques that produce results. This is a force for innovation and integration that has been behind all major progress in civilization and technology.
But that isn’t unique to Neuro Linguistic Programming. Does that mean there’s nothing left?
You would not be surprised from our answer: No, definitely not.
Let’s put the spirit of innovation and integration into the closet with the bag, the bushel, and the blast. My, you have some amazing things in your closet!
Even if the hot air drifts out, you can always use NLP to put it back and become a good sales person or advocate for your services. Even if someone took away the bag of techniques, the spirit and philosophy would create more. For the purposes of this website, we would like to think of NLP as integration and innovation directed toward excellence, success, and healing. Also, it is based on fundamental philosophical ideas. This has brought useful exemplars (people who we model), knowledge and experience together in service of its goals (or outcomes). From this springs techniques, crafted into forms of training that propagate them effectively. Many of the techniques are directly drawn from the exemplars. However, NLP spawns new techniques without exemplars because it has a theoretical basis that allows that.
Here is a big statement for you to ponder upon:
NLP is nothing if not the sum of its parts. Isn’t that something?
Now let us show you how we see this as a stack. It goes from the most superficial, at the top, to the most abstract and profound, at the bottom.
• Techniques (e.g. phobia cure)
• Technical Perspectives (e.g. sense modalities)
• Purposes (e.g. excellence in coaching)
• Philosophy (e.g. presuppositions)
• Spirit of Innovation and Integration (e.g. trans-theoretical thinking)
• Moral Imperatives (e.g. good of humanity, healing)