In June I am excited to be presenting an amazing 2 day training on building Resilience. This event has been delivered to people in disaster zones to support people to process the experience in their brains, in such a way that they will be Resilient. The creator of this event, Richard Bolstad, has delivered it in post-war Bosnia, after the Tsunami in in Japan, and the earthquakes in Samoa and New Zealand to create NLP Trauma Response Teams.
If you are interested in learning about this topic, but not sure about the application of NLP, this article is intended to give you a little bit of an insight into how this methodology might be applicable to enabling Resilience.
NLP is the study of success. It’s a new field developed in the 1970s in the United States of America, based on a set of very precise ways to identify how someone who is successful is achieving results.
Like the related field of Psychology, NLP has applications in so many places that you have almost certainly heard of it under other names already. For example, in personal development, NLP is the science behind most of what TV Infomercial superstar Tony Robbins teaches. In education, the application of NLP is known as Accelerated Learning. NLP can also be used to study how excellent sportspeople win competitions, how high achieving managers create winning teams, how healthy people heal from illnesses quickly, or how people with photographic memory achieve total recall.
An extensive catalogue of NLP research is kept on the internet by the University of Bielefeld in Germany, and can be reached at www.nlp.de/research/ It includes research studies showing that NLP processes can increase memory by 61%, or eliminate the problems of post traumatic stress disorder in one session. In 1990 and 1992 Psychological Reports published research on the effects of NLP Practitioner training showing that those attending increase their sense of being in control of their lives, reduce the level of anxiety in their life, and demonstrate higher “self actualisation”.
NLP provides precise tools for quickly accessing the state of mind you want to be in, for setting and achieving realistic goals, for finding more useful meanings and new self-definitions, and for letting go of past distress and creating learnings from the past.
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