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NLP Language and Sensory based Interventions and Behaviour Modification

“Train your thoughts, as they come in lots

For they serve as action and the results are its reaction

This would turn in as life’s pattern

Directing man to take positive or negative turns.”

Directing man to take positive or negative turns.”Just like many revolutionary studies in various fields like medicine, agriculture, space, arts, business and other endless domains along with enormous and extensive research studies on mind training techniques, Neuro Linguistic Programming is a process as well a result of human thought, an understanding of how the mind uses the brain and expresses itself in life to what everyone calls an experience.

The main components of neurolinguistic programming include modelling, action, and effective communication. The notion is that by understanding how another person completes a task, one may model that process and then communicate it to others so they can also complete the task. NLP contends that learning, communication and transformation all follow natural hierarchies. Its components include purpose and spirituality, beliefs and thoughts, abilities and behavioural patterns, environment and one’s identity. As Neuro-Linguistic Programming is related to the mind and behaviour it is used to uplift an individual for personal growth and development, and it is used as a therapeutic approach in the mainstream arena of treating various psychological disorders like anxiety and phobias, trauma, personality disorders,etc.

‘Curiosity is the vehicle over which our mind dwells and relies to learn and explore new knowledge and its application’. The relationship between language and its use by the complex brain functions is what the term neurolinguistics refers to.

So to study the topic Neuro Linguistic Programing- Sensory and Language based interventions, let us find out what an intervention means. Intervention is basically an act which needs to be carried out to be effective to get a desired result.

One sensory based intervention is ‘Sensory Acuity.’ It is said that awareness is a result of a conscious and well focused mind. Every time an individual's internal perception changes, something in their outward behaviour likewise changes. The internal changes represent change in sensory representation and externally it is evident through facial changes, body language and tonal shifts. Your consciousness can be expanded via NLP techniques. By enlarging your field of view while maintaining attention on the primary item, you achieve this. Your peripheral vision, which has a larger field of view, informs you of movement in the general field of vision. One process which can be practised regularly to improvise visual awareness is mentioned below-

  • Take a seat comfortably and pay attention to the wall in front of you and breathe.

  • While keeping your attention on the target, broaden your awareness so that you are aware of the surroundings for half a metre on either side.

  • Increase your awareness such that you are focused on the focus point and aware of one metre on either side of it.

  • Now, while keeping your attention on the area, extend your awareness to two metres.

People are calibrated in NLP as they access various experiences. By doing so, you will be able to recognise each individual's characteristics for the various states they access and read their nonverbal signals accurately.

Linguistic competency requires language proficiency. Speaking clearly is regarded as a divine gift. A language's main functions are communication and transaction.The development of second language acquisition has a new standard because of neuro linguistic programming. Some of the techniques which can be used are Anchoring, Visualisation, Modelling and modelling rapport, state management. The realistic strategy and psychological technique is anchoring. In this method, the instructor offers suggestions while attempting to highlight the participants' own ideas. This approach helps with bringing forth the inner feeling and resolving issues while reducing tension, fear, and worry. Visualisation primarily uses images and photographs. NLP practitioners use this technique by showing images to the participants and try to get their response for it. This method uses charts, flash cards, and videos as its instruments. Modelling rapport is essential when promoting effective communication. The key strategies employed in this method include postures, bodily motions, and facial expressions. Speaking in front of a mirror might help one become more aware of their body language when they are speaking. When modelling, one can try to mimic the native speaker's speech by listening to it. It is advised that they pay close attention to the native speaker's pronunciation, lip movements, and body language. It is a pragmatic method that is simple to adopt and used to increase fluency. In state management, the participants are trained to deal with the challenging scenario. This approach emphasises emotional and mental restraint.

For behavioural modifications one of the methods used in NLP is Pleasure Reduction. It pertains to activities that are compulsions and obsessions by virtue of being based on true requirements, but that have reduced the pleasure they provide, leading to their being excessive.

Step 1: Identify a "overused pleasure:

Choose a reduction or elimination that is necessary.

Step 2: Identify the meta-state levels that give you this meaning.

Describe the enjoyable pastime in writing. Around it, create a circle. Ask yourself, "What positive meaning and values do I attribute to this pleasure?" while you consider the pleasure.

Step 3: To derive deeper levels of meaning, repeat this step three times.

Step 4: Fully enjoy the gestalt of the moment.

Step 5: Decrease the significance and satisfaction. Put your hand over each group of answers separately to do this.

Ask yourself, "If I could remove this cluster of metastates, how much would it reduce the pleasure?" for each cluster. For instance, while health is important, having something to do while watching television is not.

Step 6: Going forward, slow down and enjoy this lessened meaning. Try to come up with a way to make the activity less enjoyable.

Step 7: Produce more sources for the highest meta-level meaning statements you located in steps 2 and 3. Create the impression that it is entirely feasible to enjoy this pleasure in moderation.

Step 8: Test. See how well this pattern helps you find enjoyment and significance through constructive endeavours and how well it reduces the chosen behaviour to a suitable degree.

These interventions would be helpful when a person is dedicated to changing his behaviour, thoughts and belief and wishes to grow.


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This Blog on ' NLP Language and Sensory based Interventions and Behaviour Modification ' has been contributed by Nidhi Panchal. She is an inquisitive student pursuing her Bachelor's in Psychology with great dedication, adaptable to a different perspective and tends to build knowledge and experience with proper strategic management.

She is part of the Global Internship Research Program (GIRP). GIRP is an IJNGP initiative to encourage young adults across our globe to showcase their research skills in psychology and to present it in creative content expression.


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