NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming, captures successful approaches to understanding, modelling and creating new behaviour, rapidly. It’s original creators defined it as ‘an attitude and a methodology that leaves behind a trail of techniques’. Bob Bodenheinmer called it “A User’s Manual for the Brain”.
The attitude is curiosity and experimentation. It asks, ‘how do you do that?’, and ‘what would happen if..?’ The methodology is modelling, which answers the question ’how can I do that too?’; ‘how can I reproduce that excellent behaviour? It studies what we do in our heads to produce results.
Finally, the techniques answer the question, ‘how do I make that happen in me or, in others? These are the procedures for installing new behaviour.
NLP was originally created by Richard Bandler (a modeller) and John Grinder (a linguist) in the early 1970’s, who set about understanding, then modelling how some of the most successful therapists and communicators achieved change in people.
The most significant people they studied were family therapist Virginia Satir, the renowned hypnotherapist Milton Erickson MD, and Frederick (‘Fritz’) Perls who developed Gestalt Therapy.
Since that time, many other significant contributions have been added as NLP has grown and developed. The ‘trail of techniques’ that arose from modelling these contributors is the most commonly recognised feature of NLP.
It may be surprising to discover how far NLP has succeeded in helping people perform better in business, management, sales, interpersonal skills, relationships, sport and education. Quite simply, making life even better.
Time Line Therapy®
Ever been told that you overreacted to a situation? Or missed out on doing things or situations because of bad feelings you held? Have you ever set goals in the future and had them not happen?
In 1985, Tad James, M.S., Ph.D. applied a therapeutic process to this concept of an internal memory storage system. The result was a collection of techniques which produces long-lasting transformation very quickly-faster than what is currently called Brief Therapy. These powerful Time Line Therapy® techniques are becoming the method of choice to make fast, effective, long-term changes in behaviour.
Tad writes, “Your ‘Time Line’ is how you unconsciously store your memories or how you unconsciously know the difference between a memory from the past and a projection of the future. Behavioural change in an individual takes place at an unconscious level. People don’t change consciously. The Time Line Therapy® process allows you to work at the unconscious level and release the effects of past negative experiences and change ‘inappropriate’ programming in minutes rather than days, months or years.”
After years of development, working with clients and publishing Time Line Therapy and The Basis Personality, Tad has become known worldwide for his Time Line Therapy® model. It is a revolutionary new approach which has become so popular because of its ability to create quick, long lasting results.
Our present day behaviours, reactions and approach to life, were learned in our past. Where they prevent us from behaving appropriately and effectively, these past experiences prevent us achieving results we want in life. Time Line Therapy™ techniques can help us change that.
Time Line Therapy® is a process that helps us to :
- let go of Negative Emotions from the past
- let go of Limiting Decisions from the past
- create our future the way we want it.
These are the three major techniques that comprise Time Line Therapy® – and they are easier than you might think to use to make significant changes in a person’s life.
Time Line Therapy® techniques allow freedom from undesired negative emotions, such as fear, anger, sadness and anxiety, by releasing these emotions from the memories that underpin them. This leaves you free behave more appropriately in future – without the emotional ‘baggage’ of the past.
Limiting decisions and beliefs prevent you from achieving your potential. They are like writings on the walls of your mind, which you unconsciously always refer to act like rules that you always follow. These writings have come about as a result of past experiences, and limit your life in many ways. Time Line Therapy® techniques allow you to leave these decisions and beliefs in the past where they belong and to learn from your experiences. In this way, you are enabled to create useful and empowering alternatives.
Creating Your Future
Finally, having resolved past issues and rules, Time Line Therapy® gives us a specific way of creating our future dreams and goals in a simple process that produces results. The process involves using our imagination to create a compelling future that is inspirational and which brings about the desired outcomes.
Throughout history, humankind has been aware of the passage of time. Aristotle was the first to mention the “stream of time” in his book Physics IV. William James spoke of linear memory storage as early as 1890. Finally, the concept, nearly forgotten, was revived in the late 1970?s with the advent of Neuro Linguistic Programming. The Time Line Therapy® techniques in use today are a consequence of that.