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Title: Neuro Linguistic Programming Psychotherapy for Improving Emotional State: A Pilot Study

Article Number: EC2/2015/010

Authors: Chetna Punia

Topic: Psychology


This pilot study was conducted for assessing efficacy of Neuro Linguistic Programming Psychotherapy in improving emotional state. NLP psychotherapy techniques used were timeline, anchoring, double dissociation, perceptual positions, reframing, metaphors, strategy change and values elicitation. NLP Psychotherapy session(s) were given to ten participants (N=10) six females and four males. Methods for data collection included personal interviews, participant's experiential report, DASS (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale) and NLP wheel of life scale. Assessment of emotional state change was done on Pre and post therapy scores of DASS (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale) and NLP wheel of life scale along with changes in experiential report of participants before and after therapy session(s). Results obtained by t-tests performed on DASS scores found statistically significant (p<0.001) improvement for all three categories of emotional state i.e. stress, anxiety and depression. Improvement on wheel of life scale score and subjective experience of participants was also reported suggesting that NLP Psychotherapy could improve emotional state in fewer sessions. This pilot study shows positive outcome and also adds to the sporadic literature of NLP psychotherapy as an evidence based study supported by significant statistical findings, subjective experiential improvement in emotional state of participants with up to six months follow up noting stability of resourceful changes attained.
Keywords: Neuro Linguistic Programming, Psychotherapy, Emotional State


    COMMENT - 1

  • petrus (Pete) (Viewer) 17th Nov 2015 - 3:40 PM
    Very interesting subject: I would like to ask you one question please?
    1) What is the principles behind the NLP?

    All the best

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  • CHETNA PUNIA (Author) 18th Nov 2015 - 1:20 PM
    Hello Petrus

    Thank You for your interest in my project.

    NLP works on some pre suppositions (things we believe in about human behaviour and actions) which are also its principle , I would list some of them here
    Ten Presuppositions of NLP
    1. Respect everyone's model of the world.

    2. change and behavior are to be evaluated in terms of context and ecology.

    3. A person's behavior is not who they are, accept the person and change the behavior.

    4. Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources available.

    5. Calibrate on behavior. The most important information about a person is his behavior.

    6. People have all the resources they need to succeed, there are no un-resourceful people, only un-resourceful people.

    7. All procedures should increase wholeness.

    8. I am in charge of my mind and therefore my results.

    9. If what you are doing is not working, change the way you do it.

    10. The system(person) with most flexibility of behavior will control the system.

    Also NLP works by changing the habitual reactions (often cause of problem ) through its various techniques and thereby changing and strengthening new neural pathways, anchoring them and adding to client's internal resources. NLP makes use of how we process information through our senses and make meaning of it (good or bad for us) and changing it, developing new response, better use of all sense modalities and more conscious responses in future.

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  • OLAYINKA AYODEJI OBAFEMI-MOSES (Viewer) 19th Nov 2015 - 4:51 PM
    Thanks for this article. My question is:
    Can NLP Psychotherapy be effective in the treatment of someone in a state of spiritual confusion?

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  • CHETNA PUNIA (Author) 20th Nov 2015 - 10:16 AM
    Thank you for your interesting question. I would further ask what does "spiritual confusion " mean exactly in your model of world and how you know you have it before commenting whether NLP Psychotherapy is the required modality (not treatment, it is more of a medical term).

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  • Fides A. Urbiztondo (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 6:25 PM
    It is a very interesting project.
    Can you apply NLP to children and teenagers whose ages starts from 6 - 19 years of age?

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  • CHETNA PUNIA (Author) 23rd Nov 2015 - 10:32 AM
    Thank You Fides. Yes, it can be effectively applied to children with age 6-19 years of age. It can be a very good modality to align their learning with their preferred internal sensory mode and style. They are much more in tune with their emotion, body sense naturally and very straightforward with their strategies that it is easier to work with them and beautiful results are achieved.

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  • KOO KIAN YONG (Viewer) 23rd Nov 2015 - 5:40 PM
    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    Is there any simple NLP technique that we can use and apply?

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  • PETER JOHN SABATELLI (Viewer) 24th Nov 2015 - 12:30 AM
    Interesting subject, thanks for sharing. How many group NLP sessions would be provided for those who have mild/moderate depression? what is the mean BDI-II improvement score for each participant in group NLP for mild/moderate depression?

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  • CHETNA PUNIA (Author) 24th Nov 2015 - 11:26 AM
    Number of sessions is individual case dependent. Sometimes one session is enough and sometimes a client need to come more depending his progress where each session would range somewhere from an hour and extend upto two- three hours. I did not take BDI-II instead I worked with DASS-42.

  • COMMENT - 10

  • CHETNA PUNIA (Author) 24th Nov 2015 - 11:33 AM

    There are lots of simple technique we can use for ourselves :
    1. value elicitation, making a list of our values and prioritising it in work/ relation will solve many situation where we are willing to compromise and where we can not compromise at all.
    2. Swish technique- seeing a model situation in mind and keeping it in full sensory details will aid in reaching and achieving goals quicker.
    3. Perceptual Position- for conflict resolves. Imagine yourself in other's situation and acting their part out will make us better understand the other side of conversation. It is done in three steps:
    1. Imagine yourself in your role
    2. Act out part of other
    3. Observe the two of you arguing from perception of a fly on the wall, or from a fan's perceptive, bird eye view (you can create a scene for yourself) . It is a dissociated perception of situation.