Neuro LinguisticProgramming”You can’t always control what happens,but you can always control how you deal with it”Everwanted to control what happens? Control how you respond? Control your instantreactions to an incident? Sound like magic? It is possible.

With science andtechnology overtaking everything, impossibilities are impossible. NeuroLinguistic programming brings the thread of control in our own hands. But whatexactly does it mean?Thename, Neuro-Linguistic Programming covers the three most significant componentsinvolved in generating human experience: neurology, language and programming.The neurological system controls how our body functions, language determines howwe interface and communicate with other people and our programming determineswhat models of world we create. Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes thefundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and howtheir interplay affects our body and behavior (programming). NeuroLinguistic programming is a technique of controlling your feelings and emotions.

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Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are not things that pre-exist, or that youhave, but things that you do. Their causes are very complicated, involving, forinstance, comments or beliefs from your parents or teachers, or events that youhave experienced. NLP illustrates to you how you can direct these beliefs andinfluences. Using mind techniques such as visualization, you can change the wayyou think and feel about past events, fears and even phobias. Theimportance of knowing your outcome cannot be stressed enough. Many people donot have conscious outcomes. They know what they don’t want but don’t know whatthey actually want. Their life is based on moving away from those things thatthey don’t want.

NLP stresses the importance of moving towards those things youwant. Devoid of outcomes life becomes a process of merely drifting aimlessly.Once an outcome is determined you can begin to focus on achieving that outcome.

Theoperational principle of NLP is to study your behaviour until you get theresponse you want. If everything turns out badly, then you need to do somethingdifferent. You should use your sensory acuity to determine if your actions leadin the desired direction or not. If your actions lead towards your outcome, youshould continue. If, on the other hand, your actions lead away from your goals,then you should do something else.TheNext operational principle of NLP is to take action now. There is no space forthe saying ‘Complacency rules and I don’t care.

‘ NLP is about taking action nowto change your behavior for you and for others, now and in the future. So, touse another catchphrase: ‘Don’t delay; act today.’NLPnow is in its fourth decade as a field of study symbolizing the relationshipbetween the brain, body and language.

It has evolved over the years and we’reheading toward a new direction, with more areas adopting NLP and making itsbest use to achieve extraordinary results, by not only communicating betterwith others, but also gaining more control over our thinking as an automaticfunction of our neurology.Infuture, NLP will continue to be used in the areas above, and more to come. Itwill be common to see NLP applied in many everyday areas.Theexciting thing is the application of NLP in schools. The sad reality of themoment is that we leave it up to the students to figure out how to learn. Whenin reality, a large number of these learning strategies that inexperiencedstudents concoct are ineffective.

And when the work overflows, many of thesestudents take it upon themselves and assume that something is wrong with them.The truth however is that they don’t know any better and expect differentresults. And when that doesn’t work, they devalue learning, the school andeventually, the whole education system. NLP intervention can help here.

Teachers can be equipped and coached with NLP strategies not just for regularstudents but also for those with special needs, learning disabilities, dyslexia,etc. -by NAVIN DHAMRIYANI (D15)