What is it?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an emotional therapy that focuses on how people learn, communicate, change, grow, and heal.
The theory behind NLP is that people with illnesses often become victims of their negative thoughts associated with their disease. They begin to adopt the identity of a diseased person, thinking only of themselves in terms of their condition. NLP proponents believe that the more you think of yourself in terms of your disease, the less likely you are to be able to overcome the illness.
One of the first goals of a NLP practitioner is to uncover negative attitudes that are thought to be interfering with a person's ability to heal. The practitioner will have the patient describe their medical condition and attempt to uncover any underlying meanings in the patient's story. The practitioner will also look at body language, facial expressions, eye movements, and skin color. They will listen to the tone of the patient's voice.
The therapist will analyze the clues she has observed and try to help the patient modify their negative thoughts and reactions that promotes the disease process. The primary goal is to break the patterns associated with the illness and to move toward a desired state of health by helping to reprogram beliefs about healing. NLP does this by training the patient to look at problems in a new and better way, replacing self-defeating thoughts with positive images.
The therapist will help the client create an image of their new "healthy" self. The new image is thought to retrain the immune system to create the hormones, antibodies, chemicals, and immune cells to cure the disease.
It is important to note that NLP attempts to change both thoughts and behaviors of the patient. For example, a person that believes that they need to improve their diet will not be helped unless they follow-up with healthier eating habits.
People have reported improvements in many different conditions while using NLP. These include cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, allergies, speedy recover from injuries, and many other chronic conditions.
It is recommended that NLP not be used as a primary form of treatment for serious illness. NLP is best used as a complementary treatment when also using other conventional or alternative therapies.
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