LETTERS RECEIVED, AND AN INTRODUCTION
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
.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