Have you ever heard the saying, "It's all in your head?" That's exactly the assumption psychologists around the world believed when they began laying the groundwork for neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP.
NLP training was designed to take the way we see the world and turn it around, so that in a very short time we could rearrange our thought patterns and transform any potential opportunity into a highly successful endeavour.
Researchers have a very basic view of NLP training. Most of them will tell you that NLP training is essentially like being handed a guide to your brain, that impenetrable, complex mass of white and grey matter, nerve endings, synapses and a thousand other things that control your thoughts and actions.
It is a common belief that each person is born with a set of abilities and that even with the greatest possible effort they will only be able to achieve the maximum potential that was dictated at their birth.
NLP training is out to change this illusion. When NLP training was first developed, it was used as a way of treating phobias, mood swings and other 'conditions' that no one could really understand, but which turned out to be a programmed response in the brain to a particular type of stimulus.
To quote an example from ANLP: Imagine a person who is arachnophobic (has a fear of spiders). Every time their eyes see a spider, a fight or flight response is triggered in the brain, leading to terror and either random dancing and smashing with a shoe or rapid speed in the opposite direction.
Now imagine studying the actions of someone who enjoys spending time with spiders. If you could mimic their thought patterns, would it be possible to overcome the phobia? This is precisely the basis of NLP training.