However the map is not necessarily the territory, Steve Covey, in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People illustrates this perfectly .. imagine you have a street map of the city which is a great help to you in reaching your destination. Suppose you're given the wrong map, imagine the frustation, the ineffetiveness of trying to reach your destination. You might work on your behaviour, try harder, be more diligent, double your speed, you might work on your attitude, you could think more positively! Regardless, you still wouldn't get to the right place ... you'd still be lost. The fundamental problem has nothing to do with your behaviour or your attittude, it has everything to do with the wrong map.
Our mind is made up of a number of mental maps, we interpret everything through our mental maps, seldom questioning their accuracy. Using an outdated map, will not necessarily help us to move forward in a new direction. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. If what you are doing is not working do something else, that's where NLP is great.
NLP gives you the tools and techniques to do things differently. NLP can help you understand yourself better than ever before. Changing the way you think, and see things, impacts on your feelings and your behaviours.
Knowing what you really want, having a well formed outcome makes all the difference. If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? NLP can hlep you to develop your sensory acquity to notice when what you are doing is not working, adapting and changing behaviour gives greater flexibility and the greater the likelhood of your success.
What issues/problems can NLP help?
Similar to Hypnotherapy NLP can help you deal with a wide range of issues/problems, the list is exhaustive but most commonly includes:-
Neuro Linguistic Programming "NLP" was developed by Richard Brandler and John Grinder in 1976 and is based on the study of three top therapists, Fritz Pearls (the orinator of Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (reknowned family therapsit) and Milton Erickson (world-famous hypnotherapist).
My definition of NLP is that it explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and as a consequence how this impacts on our behaviour and emotions (programmes).
So how can it help ?
Often the way we see the problem, is the problem! A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world. Our internal maps are a product of the way we filter and perceive information from the world around us which we absorbe through our five senses.