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Principles of NLP

The Principles of NLP (also called the NLP basic frames) consists of 4 basic thoughts or attitudes (ways of thinking). Besides the NLP presuppositions, these 4 basics are important to take into consideration by using NLP.

Cause > Effect

Causal thinking is the process of understanding the causes of a given event such that we can control them to our advantage. The Cause > Effect statement derives from causal thinking. All we can perceive (result) has a specific cause.
Within NLP we use this statement to change things like behaviour and communication and to be flexible and powerful. If you assume that the cause of what happens to you and how you react is unchangeable then you are on the Effect side of this base frame and not the cause side.

When you are on the Cause side, you look for the change in your behaviour, your communication or how you respond to yourself. By taking responsibility for what happens in your life you create freedom of choice. The big advantage is that you can make a change. And if you can change, things around you change.

Perception is Projection

The principle 'Perception is Projection " became known by Carl Jung. Everything you perceive, you unconsciously filter (see the NLP communication model). You generalise and distort the objective perception and leave a lot of information out. This creates your subjective internal representation.

What you perceive is only your subjective internal perception of reality. In particular, you project this perception again outwards through your behavior and communication. You do not take the world as it is but as you (unconsciously) created. Example: how you perceive the people around you, is therefore your own perception! In this way you often create your own often self-fulfilling prophecy, or formulate a prediction of your own (unconscious) that comes true.

Body and Mind influence each other

In recent years much research has been done on the impact of our (unconscious) thinking and how our body works and reacts. Deepak Chopra says that even every thought has a certain influence on each individual cell in our body. Within NLP, we assume that's true. Everything you think, can be represented in your body.

The central nervous system can not hold/process denial

The word 'not' only exists in our language (our internal and external dialogue) and 'not' in the images, sounds, feelings, tastes, smell of our internal representations. You can only not think about something when you have first thought about it. If you do not want to think about your best friend, then you should first think about your best friend (you create an internal representation consisting of images, sounds, feelings, smell and taste) and then you "know" (internal dialogue) that you do not want to think of him!

The statement "I must not forget" has a different impact on us than the statement "I must remember this." Now that we know this we can give ourselves and others positively worded messages and focus on what we want to say instead of what we do not want to say.

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