Presuppositions of NLP Convenient Beliefs

NLP Presuppositions are pre-supposed beliefs that the NLP practitioner stands on. They are assumptions about how the world and people work, they may not be true, and they are very beneficial for personal growth, working with clients and for effective communication skills.

NLP Presupposition Background

When Bandlerand Grinder first started to model people like Erickson and Satir, they discovered that they had beliefs about the clients they were working with, beliefs that seemed to make it easier for the client to change.

The Original presuppositions were developed over 3 decades ago by Bandler and Grinder and have evolved since then with others contributing to them to make them what they are today.

The usefulness of NLP Presuppositions

NLP presuppositions are like any other belief, useful if they help you in reaching your outcome more efficiently. Think of NLP Presuppositions as “useful beliefs” to guide you to help someone to change easily. Just don’t presume that everyone wants to change.

Why are Presuppositions Important?

They are a guideline in which an NLP Practitioner can operate
They handle common misconceptions of NLPThey provide guidance in interventions
Allows you to explore the “Map”where the client is operating in
let’s take a look at each of them in detail:

1. Respect for the other person’s model of the world.
Respect the fact that everyone sees the world differently and lives in their own unique model of the world.
2. Behaviuor and change are to be evaluated in terms of context, and ecology
The Awareness of the consequences that comes from Behaviuor and change.
3. Resistance in a client is a Sign of a lack of rapport.
There are no resistant clients, only inflexible communicators. Effective communicators accept and utilize all communication presented to them.

4. People are not their behaviours.
Accept the person; change the behaviour, as people are more than their behaviour.
5. Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available.
Behavior is geared for adaptation, and present behavior is the best choice available. Every behavior is motivated by a positive intent. (even a negative behaviour may be the best option available at the time)
6. Calibrate on Behavior.
The most important information about a person is that person’s behavior.
7. The map is not the Territory.
People respond to their own map of reality, not to reality itself. As NLP practitioners we should recognise the words we use are NOT the event or the items they represent.

8. You are in charge of your mind, and therefore your results And I am also in charge of my mind and therefore my results

9. People have all the Resources they need to succeed and to achieve their desired outcomes.
There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states.
10. All procedures should increase Wholeness
As NLP Practitioners we increase wholeness in all areas of our
clients life.

11. There is ONLY feedback!
There is no failure, only feedback; this allows us to respond to
the behaviour.

12. The Meaning of communication is the Response you get.
Every person is 100% responsible for the results they get

13. The Law of Requisite Variety.
The Person/ System with the most flexibility of behaviour will
control the system. (the more flexible you are, will allow you to
have flexibility in your response)

14. All procedures should be Designed to increase choice.
NLP is about giving choices in
behaviour so in addition to that
persons normal pattern of behaviour
they now have a choice to
behave differently.

Perception Is Projection

Another valuable belief that is useful in NLP is that our Perception is our reality, Perception is our construction of the world around us, and our perception drives our behaviour. We project onto the world and others our own internal perceptions. We attract into our lives our own perceptions.


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