Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a group of psychological techniques developed in the early 1970s, has been a huge influence on today’s motivational writers (particularly Tony Robbins). As its name suggests, NLP is based on the idea that the human mind is a sort of computer; our verbal and body language are the programming that allows us to change our thoughts and influence other people. Anneé Linden, director of an NLP training center in New York City, provides easy-to-understand descriptions of techniques such as mimicking someone’s movements to create an instant sense of rapport and intimacy, or creating a conditioned response in yourself to feel certain emotions on demand. Some might find these techniques uncomfortably manipulative, but Linden says people do them on an unconscious level anyway; NLP is just a new way of coming to terms with what you already know.
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