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Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) works directly with the structure of the subjective experience that elicits a client’s problem response, in contrast to exploring the historical events that created the structure. For instance, there are fundamentally two ways to recall a memory (1) by being inside it, as if the event were actually happening again, or (2) by viewing the same event as an outside observer, as if watching a distant movie of it, which is often described as being “objective.” A client with a phobia remembers an unpleasant memory by being inside it and fully reexperiencing the feelings of terror and shock. But a client who is grieving a loss does exactly the opposite: He or she recalls a memory of love and connection as if ...

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