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Neuro Linguistic Programming

Neuro Linguistic Programming

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MARCH 2010
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[3-8]Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)by skepdic.com[8-11]A Brief Introduction toNLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)by skeptic.org[11-13] IsNLPA Scam? DoesNeuroLinguistic ProgrammingReally Work? A free discussion[13-15] Scamming The Public -BBNLP-NLP,Hypnosis,Hypnotherapy[AN NLP-ER CONFESSES][15-17] The Great Self-Help Scam? by counselingresource.com[17]EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN FAVOUR OFNLP [17-27] Neuro-Linguistic ProgrammingAndThe New Age MovementFrom A Judeo-Christian Perspective [17-26]The Christian Use of  NLP. Is it OK for a Christian to Use Psychological Change Techniques?[27] EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN OPPOSITION TONLP [27-36] Disinformation and the Dangers of Neurolinguistic Programmingby Anthony Fejfar[27] Mind Control in the 1990's:Neurolinguistic Programming
by Rick Branch, watchman.org
[27-29]Neuro-Linguistic Programming& Psychoheresy by psychoheresy-aware.org[29-34]Neuro-linguistic programming– Criticism
[34-36]GESTALT THERAPY IS NEW AGE[36, 37]NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMINGIN INDIA[37- 38]NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMINGIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA[39-45]The annual report 2001-2002 of St. Agnes College, Mangalore [39]The Vailankanni ‘World Day of the Sick’ 2002 celebrations’ souvenir[39]The ICM nuns’ HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTRE in Mogappier, Chennai[39]The MMS nuns’ HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTRE in Bibwewadi, Pune[39]A Jesuit monthly magazine, “JIVAN”[40]A fortnightly magazine, “THE NEW LEADER”[40]The Archdiocese of Bombay’s weekly, “THE EXAMINER”[40-42]The Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin priests of ANUGRAHA, Dindigul[42-43]DHYANA BHAVAN and MATRIDHAM ASHRAM [The Indian Missionary Society, IMS], Alappuzha[Alleppey], Kerala, and Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh[43-44]SRC, CHRIST HALL, ‘A Centre for Healing’, Calicut, Kerala [Jesuits][44]The NATIONAL VOCATION SERVICE CENTRE, Pune, Maharashtra
[44, 45]ISHVANI KENDRA, Society of the Divine Word [SVD], Pune, Maharashtra[45]Testimony of former New Ager Aidan Byrne[46]NLPat Good Pastor International Book Centre [ST. PAULS], Chennai, July 2009[46]
 Valentine & Anna Coelho 
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:35 AM
Re: ADDRESS REQUIREDHi Michael, Do you know anything about
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
?Love to Angela and your children and their families.Vally & Anna Coelho, GOADear Michael, I want whatever matter you have on
neurolinguistic programming
.Someone recommended Father [name withheld] to me. I took [identity withheld] to meet him as [identitywithheld] was suffering from fear psychosis. Father used the above two methods. He said that NLP wasscientific.Love, [name of sender, location and date withheld]. Letter received by post.
This article has been a long time coming. The reason for the delay is that there is a dearth of authoritative Catholic information on NLP. If there is any on NLP, I have not been able to locatethe same and will greatly appreciate my readers’ help in passing such information on to me.Meanwhile, I will try and do the best with whatever else I could find. The letter above, receivedby post, underlines two significant facts:1. HYPNOSIS and NLP are very often used in conjunction with each other. We shall see thatconfirmed.2. I have come across a number of Catholic priests using NLP in counseling, to treat people withcomplexes and psychological problems. NLP belongs to the realm of psychological therapy orpsychotherapy.Accordingly, I suggest that one reads the series of twelve short articles on PSYCHOLOGY as wellas the two others titled PSYCHOLOGY AND NEW AGE SPIRITUALITY 1 and 2*[*detailed] at this ministry’s web site.In a detailed report, SANGAM INTEGRAL FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY CENTRE, GOA_NEW AGEPSYCHOLOGY, ETC. 
I have briefly discussed NLP in the context of that report.On the basis of the above noted 14 articles and 1 report, I can safely and authoritativelyconclude thatNLP -- if indeed there is any substance in it -- is a very poor substitute for Biblical counseling,and thatNLP is NO substitute for Catholic pastoral counseling [which effectively incorporates Biblicalcounseling].My personal opinion is this: If Catholics, and especially our priests, knew their Scriptures andtruly understood the riches of Grace available in the Sacramental life of the Church, they wouldnot even consider the use of psychological programmes like NLP for counseling or self-improvement.This study will show that NLP rarely stands alone: it is very often used in conjunction withHYPNOSIS, and with many other overtly New Age holistic therapies.Most of the information recorded in this study is from secular or evangelical Christian resources.With regret, I must add this note for Catholic readers. When I make enquiries from eminentCatholics about certain suspect New Age issues, I am most often directed to tryCatholic AnswersForums
"the largest Catholic Community on the Web" [catholic.com] which has more than150,000 members worldwide.While, I have found the forum useful and correct on Catholic doctrine and apologetics, I cannotsay the same for it concerning discussions on New Age. Discussions are often open-ended andnot moderated. Catholics with little or no knowledge pass comments or post their opinions, andthe serious Catholic visiting the site to get the correct Catholic answers could be badly misledinto accepting the judgement of someone even less knowledgeable than the enquirer. Please seealso CATHOLIC ANSWERS in my article on HYPNOSIS.Check out the NLP thread on Catholic Answers at
.To a serious inquiry of April 4, 2008, "
What do you make of NLP? How could it be helpful to a person?Does it contradict Church Teaching?
", one finds Catholics writing in saying that they have used NLPand that there is "no problem" with it, but they do not provide documentation or facts tosubstantiate their conclusions. Some contributors even include glowing tributes to NLP. Oneperson asks, "
What is NLP? National Labor (or is it "Labour") Party? New Lite Pepsi?
" while anotherwrites, "
Lol, for some reason I thought it stands for "Natural Language Programming", a subfield of ArtificialIntelligence, where we try and get computers to understand sentences written in plain English. Which is quiteuseful, and certainly not against Church teaching.
" One Jason says, "
In fact, the Bible has many examplesof NLP methods of conversational persuasion. Jesus’ use of parables is a highly persuasive way of 
communicating since it goes around the critical mind… Also, the serpent's method of deceiving Adam andEve involved a process of persuasion (albeit used against God's will). Thus, NLP can be used in a harmful way just as a car can be used to kill someone (as it can also transport people). NLP, unfortunately, is used amonga good number of New Agers, which is why it is often lo
something da
NLP by itself is
" To which th
original inquirer Eric Cantona, not the least bit enlightened, responds"
Seems you know a bit about the subject. I was particularly interested in how effective NLP is in retrainingyourself in patterns of good behaviour. I have picked up some bad habits over my life, such asprocrastination, fear of dancing, which I want to eradicate. Can NLP eradicate these things??? Can it turn meinto an average dancer so to speak? Also how do I go about using NLP? Do I find an NLP coach and tell himmy problems and he kinda coaches me out of it or do I just read a book or listen to an audio? Sorry I don’tknow much about the subject.
"The final verdict, March 1, 2010, after 18 posts from 8 participators, appears to be, "
I suppose it'slike using Natural Family Planning. It can be used irresponsibly or responsibly.
" [See also page 17]Catholic Answers needs to look closely at its forum, and we need now to look equally closely atNLP.
SECULAR SOURCES ON NLP1. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
[NLP is unscientific and its claims areunsubstantiated]:Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
is a controversial approach to psychotherapy and organisationalchange based on "a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship betweensuccessful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them"and "a system of 
alternative therapy
based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness andeffective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour".
The co-founders,
Richard Bandler
 Richard Bandlerand linguist
 John Grinder
  John Grinder, claimed it would beinstrumental in "finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives".
They coined the title todenote their belief in a connection between neurological processes ('neuro'), language ('linguistic') andbehavioral patterns that have been learned through experience ('programming') and that can be organised toachieve specific goals in life.
NLP was originally promoted by its co-founders in the 1970s as an effective and rapid form of psychologicaltherapy,
capable of addressing the full range of problems which psychologists are likely to encounter,such asphobias,depression,habit disorder,psychosomatic illnesses,learning disorders.
It also espousedthe potential for self-determination through overcoming learned limitations
and emphasized well-being andhealthy functioning. Later, it was promoted as a 'science of excellence', derived from the study or'modeling'
of how successful or outstanding people in different fields obtain their results. It was claimedthat these skills can be learned by anyone to improve their effectiveness both personally andprofessionally
Despite its popularity,
NLP has been largely ignored by conventional
because of issues of professional credibility
and insufficient
to substantiate its modelsand claimed effectiveness
It appears to have little impact on academic psychology, and limited impacton mainstream psychotherapy and counselling.
 However, it had some influence among privatepsychotherapists,
including hypnotherapists
, to the extent that some claim to be trained in NLP and applyit to their practice. NLP had greater influence inmanagement training,life coaching,
and the self-help  industry.
History and founding
NLP originated when
Richard Bandler
, a student atUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, was listening to andselecting portions of taped therapy sessions of the late
Fritz Perls*
 Fritz Perlsasa project forRobert Spitzer.
Bandler believed he recognized particular word and sentence structureswhich facilitated the acceptance of Fritz Perls’ therapeutic suggestions. Bandler took this idea to one of hisuniversity lecturers, John Grinder, a linguist. Together they studied Perls' via tape and observed a secondtherapist Virginia Satirto produce what they termed the meta model, a model for gathering information and challenging a client's language and underlying thinking.
see pages 36, 37 The meta model was presented in 1975 in two-volumes,
The Structure of Magic I
: A Book About Languageand Therapy 
The Structure of Magic II
: A Book About Communication and Change
, in which theyexpressed their belief that the therapeutic "magic" as performed in therapy by Perls and Satir, and byperformers in any complex human activity, had structure that could be learned by others given theappropriate models. They believed that implicit in the behaviour of Perls and Satir was the ability to challengedistortion, generalization and deletion in a client's language. For example:Client: "I just feel terrible." / Therapist: "What specifically do you 'feel terrible' about?" / Client: "... myperformance yesterday." / Therapist: "What 'performance', specifically?" / "..." The linguistic aspects were based in part on previous work by Grinder usingNoam Chomsky'stransformational grammar.
Challenging linguistic distortions, specifying generalizations, and recovering of deleted information in the client utterances, thesurface structure, was supposed to yield a more complete

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