Nlp Presuppositions Part 1

Nlp Presuppositions Part 1

Nlp presuppositions are the assumptions by which can produce positive outcome in implementing the changes, and this is set of models of the world. They are its guiding philosophy. These presuppositions are necessarily true; If you like the results then continue to act as if they are true. They form a set of ethical principles for life.


NLP Presuppositions 1: The map is not the territory

It is important to understand the internal representation of the world is different from the actual territory. People tend respond to the reality of internal perception, not to reality itself. The ‘Map of Reality’ is created from experiences, memories and beliefs. So, your own interpretation of events is unreliable because you don’t have the subjective experience and you are just responding to your own world of reality created by your mind.

NLP Presuppositions 2: You cannot not communicate, we are always communicating

We are always constantly communicating to anyone either verbally or non-verbally, or by non-verbally signal, like body language. Somebody wrote that: “words only form 7% or so of our communication, the rest is 38% tonality and 55% body language”. Clearly stated that body language can even do bigger part of the communication between human.

NLP Presuppositions 3: Every behavior has a positive intention

Not every behavior performs in correct way, but there always with positive intention behind. Just like when we act like fear, anger, sad and etc, but the actual intention behind of the negative behavior could be protection, safety & love. For instance, a mum scolded her child because she loves them. What NLP need to find out is how to correct the behavior in order to fulfill the actual positive intention behind.


NLP Presuppositions 4: We already have all the resources we need to get what we want

There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states of mind.” Quote from a NLP expert. Meaning to say we are always have all the knowledge, skill & others kinds of resources to achieve what we have targeted, but due to we are putting ourselves in an unresourceful state, so it has been buried inside our mind and not performed. Just like can you do a good presentation on stage if you just receive a call that your pet has just passed away? Definitely not and what if the news you just won a 1st prize in a contest. Any events can create a state of your mind and that will definite put yourself in to a resourceful state or in other ways round, and that definitely affect your final achievement.


NLP Presuppositions 5: There is no failure, only feedback

A famous quote from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison is the best person in witness the functionality of the presupposition. “Failure” is a negative word that mean give up, ended with goal not achieved, this is an end of all effort. Meanwhile “feedback” provide a wider understand to any events has happens, it involved evaluation and correction effort, it is a progression development but not an end like failure. This is full of hope & potential of creation.

Jacky Chan, the NLP Master Practitioner, Time Line Therapy Master Practitioner, 100% passionate in studying about Human Behavior & Personal Change, and the secret how to achieve Peak Performance by using NLP Techniques. Get more Jacky’s articles here:

24. June 2011 by Admin
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