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A blistering critique of Neurolinguistic Programming
From the British Psychological Society “Research Digest Blog,” an interesting posting about the 10 most widely believe myths in psychology.
The post includes this following rip on “Neurolinguistic Programing” (NLP), richly deserved in mhconcierge’s opinion:
(from the list of 10 myths)
9. Neurolinguistic Programming is scientific
It’s true that a minority of psychologists are trained in neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and advocate its use, but it is a serious error to think that NLP is grounded in scientific findings in either psychology or neuroscience. In fact, the system – which is usually marketed a way of achieving greater personal success – was developed by two self-help gurus in the 1970s who simply made up their own psychological principles after watching psychotherapists working with their clients. NLP is full of false claims that sound scientific-ish, such as that we each have a preferred “representational system” for thinking about the world, and that the best way to influence someone is to mirror their preferred system. A forensic trawl through all the claims made in NLP programmes found that the overwhelming majority are piffle. In many contexts, this may be harmless, but in 2013 a charity was criticized for offering NLP based therapy to traumatised war veterans.