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Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is...

NLP is a modern school of psycho-therapy and mind skills that is intuitive and fits very snugly with the martial arts and traditional eastern knowledge systems such as transformational psychology in the practice of Chi Kung, yoga and meditation in general. 
  • It has direct relevance and application to self-defence, security and risk management in general.
  • It helps us prepare mentally for the Chi Kung training.
NLP can also usefully be complimented with sports psychology and applied psychology in the form of business skills, such as presentation, sales and negotiation skills all of which, provide a practical and unobtrusive way of practising fundamental skills in a multi-faceted way. In fact, leading exponents of NLP have often described it as the 'Martial Art' of communication skills.

There is no smoke without fire!

Although the system has not been rigorously tested in accordance with modern scientific research principles, empirically speaking it has been very widely used and attested to in much the same way as Chi Kun, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Accupuncture, Shiatsu and even martial art techniques, tactics and methods have been over hundreds if not thousands of years. People have had to stake their lives on it and it has been passed down and taught by those that lived to tell the tale. Despite the modern scientific fraternity's bitter and sour grape objections, these systems continue to survive and propagate in one form or another, so the experience of most people must be that they are effective and readily usable - unlike most academic models and systems.

Having said this, however, NLP is primarily derived from the work of the foremost and leading practitioners of Cognitive Behavioural Psychology, with supplements from other Therapy disciplines, and even Shiatsu. So much so that those professional even commented on the achievements of NLP to identify and clarify what they were actually doing, in a way that they and no others had been able to do at that time. So, for academic pontiffs and plaintiffs to debunk it out of hand is akin to shooting themselves in the foot. Many won't even be seen near an NLP school for fear of the fraternal enmity it may raise against them. A few brave souls (academic psychology professors), after some further and closer inspection, have been forced to admit that the system is far more clever than they had at first wanted to believe.

However, the problem, as always, is that with the wide popularity and spread of the system, many frauds have jumped on board and caused much damage to the system's reputation and people's understanding of it. I have read several uncomplimentary reviews of the system by people purporting to have studied the system, yet having attended only a seminar for 3 or 4 days. Anyone who thinks they can learn and use NLP or, any other such system in only 4 days is a complete fool - which is probably why they attended the Fraudster's seminars in the first place. Real NLP  courses are demanding and last (at least) for up to a month, full-time for each of the 3 basic levels. The practise, learning and skill development does not stoip there however.

There are then lots of side-shoot courses, but, I do agree that some of these over-extrapolate the principles and ignore/over-look the efficacy of some critical aspects of those types of training and their objectives.