NLP: Superhuman Skills or Hocus Pocus?

A couple of weeks ago I asked for feedback on my blog and ideas for posts that people would like to read.  One of those suggestions was – what’s right and wrong with NLP?  Now before I start in to this post I have to just state that I’m biased.  I guess you may have worked that out already?  The fact that this blog is called NLP THIRTEEN and that I’m a certified (or certifiable as my friends like to say) NLP Trainer kinda gives it away doesn’t it?!

So biased or not here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of NLP….


User manual for the brain – NLP enables you to understand and become more aware of what makes you (and others around you) tick – how you think (consciously and unconsciously), how you feel, how you communicate, how you behave and how you make sense of the world around you.  And once you understand what makes you tick then you can change how you think, feel or behave at ANY moment you choose.  Maximum flexibility means maximum possibility of success.

You are in control: take responsibility and stop making excuses!!  NLP is a mindset.  YOU are in control of your thinking, your actions and YOUR results.  NLP can provide you with tools to enable you to achieve your specific goals successfully and consistently in all areas of your life.

There are NO limits: the only limits are in your mind.  You are the only thing holding you back.  NLP can help you overcome your limiting decisions, limiting beliefs and dump the negative emotions you spent so much energy carrying around.

Advanced communication skills: NLP can provide you with the skills to communicate and influence more effectively.  NLP can teach you how to build and maintain rapport, an essential component of any successful relationship, be it at work or at home.  Imagine if you could connect, so easily and effortlessly, with other people such that you could sell any idea to them.  NLP can help replace conflict in a relationship with trusting collaboration.

Super powers: NLP can enhance your performance in meetings, presentations and negotiations and it can help you be truly exceptional at setting effective and compelling goals for yourself and others.  NLP’s basic concept is modelling – such that you can model any excellent behaviour or skill that someone else has and install it in yourself.


Cult status: you may have to deal with less than positive reactions from family and friends.  NLP can help facilitate rapid and massive change in a person which some people can only equate to you being brainwashed into some sort of cult or weird religion.

Public image: considering NLP was developed by a couple of academics it’s developed an interesting public persona that means it’s sometimes associated with brainwashing, manipulation and a ‘get what you want no matter the cost to someone else’ kind of attitude….  NLP or no NLP, there are good people in this world and there’s those who only care about themselves.

‘NLP’: there is no ‘one’ NLP.  Every where you look you’ll find something slightly different.  For example the different NLP clans can’t even agree on a set of presuppositions – the essence and philosophical may have distinct similarities, but the words and even the number of presuppositions can differ significantly.

Dodgy standards: there are hundreds of different groups, associations, boards and certification standards.  There no single global standard that every Practitioner or Master Practitioner course complies with, and for that matter there’s no countrywide standard in most places.  Courses can range from unprofessional and downright useless through to professional and informative.  It’s hit and miss unless you have at least some insider knowledge and references from other people.

The weight of life: the realisation that you are in control of your thoughts, your actions and ultimately your destiny can be daunting and can weigh heavy at first.  Remember baby steps will add up to giant leaps….

So what do you think the pros and cons are of NLP?

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6 responses to “NLP: Superhuman Skills or Hocus Pocus?

  1. My Name Is Khan
    Razia Khan: Remember one thing, son. There are only two kinds of people in this world. Good people who do good deeds. And bad people who do bad. That’s the only difference in human beings. There’s no other difference. Understood? What did you understand? Tell me. Tell me
    Rizwan Khan: Good people. Bad people. No other difference.

  2. Neither. The skills obtained through learning NLP give a person a far larger tool box to deal with life, if they choose to use them. However, like any skill, it needs to be maintained, and more importantly utilised for it to remain effective. As an example Usain Bolt has superhuman skills – he’s the fastest man on earth over 100 meters – but to maintain his skill he has to put a lot of work and effort in. Having NLP skills is no different to any other skill – it simply sharpens the tools in the box you use and makes life richer and potentially easier.
    As for Hocus Pocus, I don’t remember attending a class on potions and wands – if only it were that easy – this line of thought comes from the unknowing and those afraid of change so they wouldn’t benefit from the skills anyway, well not at this time of their life.
    The close link and up sell of courses from hypnosis training lends a little toward to hocus pocus title, as not everybody can get their head around how they have complete control under hypnosis – must have something to do with eating onions and dancing like chickens.
    Great article Jacqui

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