Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Installing new behavior


What you call something, the context you 'hold' a concept, determines what the parameters of what you believe is possible and not possible.

This is part and parcel of the underpinnings of the science of N.L.P.

What exactly IS N.L.P?

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Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP was begun in the mid-seventies by a linguist (Grinder) and a mathematician (Bandler) who had strong interests in (a) successful people, (b) psychology, (c) language and (d) computer programming. It is a difficult to define NLP because those who started it and those involved in it use such vague and ambiguous language that NLP means different things to different people.

NLP is also used for individual psychotherapy for problems as diverse as phobias and schizophrenia. NLP also aims at transforming corporations, showing them how to achieve their maximum potential and achieve great success.

NLP claims to help people change by teaching them to program their brains. We were given brains, we are told, but no instruction manual. NLP offers you a user-manual for the brain. The brain-manual seems to be a metaphor for NLP training, which is sometimes referred to as "software for the brain."

What I'm getting at here is that Victim Behavior is learned, not permanent, and the words we say to ourselves reinforce that behavior consistently.

And our behavior is determined by pre suppositions, unconscious beliefs, that we adopted without being aware that we define what is and what isn't possbile for us.

What IS behavior?

According to Pia Melody, reknown author who influenced much of my thinking, Our Behavior is:

  • What we do

  • What we don't do

  • what we're willing to do

  • what we're NOT willing to do

  • Why is that significant?

    Most of us, most of the time walk around in a pre suppostition.

    We're not even aware of any such pre-supposition... that doesn't mean it's not there.

    Look up at the sky (hopefully it's day time or I'm gonna look foolish)

    Is it blue?

    Ya sure about that?

    If the sky is blue, if that's the presupposition you're working with, the concept that you accept without wondering or pondering if it really IS true or NOT...

    Then, how bout when it's dark?

    If the sky was so blue, why aren't the stars blue? or the planets???

    Let's see now, if we were looking thru yellow colored sun glasses and we looked up at a Red Light, what, exactly, would we see?


    OR Green ?????

    the sky isn't really blue, it only looks that way when the sun is warming the air, heating up the atmosphere and exciting certain molecules...

    We have the PERCEPTION that the sky is blue

    so tell me...

    If we had an erroneous perception, and that perception was woven into our presuppostion...
    and we didn't even know, (or were aware of) we had a pre-supposition...

    Might we find it useful to discover that pre-suppositions are changeable?

    In N.L.P. or Neuro Linguistic Programming, we learn that we have presuppositions that govern/ limit/ define the limits of what we're capable of, what we're willing to expend time, effort and energy on.

    so... if you're a crack addict and you're walking around with the unconscious presupposition that addictions are just something we're gonna have to live with, the presuppositition that OTHERS, somebody can quit smoking crack, but I'm not likley to be one of them... what would that do to your willingness to expend:

  • time

  • effort

  • energy

  • towards?

    And the irony of it is that you didn't even know you HAD any presuppostitions.

    How can you install a new behavior when you didn't even know behaviors were installed in the first place?

    More coming

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