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Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) – Not Legally Practical?

NLP claims to be a set of techniques drawn from the fields of psychology, linguistics and hypnotherapy, which supposedly help people achieve excellence in learning, business, and other areas of life. A critique in the Financial Times (Aug. 26, 2005 at 6), however, damned it from every angle.

“Many of the founding tenets of NLP are silly.” For example, “happiness is a choice,” and “No failures, only feedback,” and mostly, “Excellence can be duplicated.” After lambasting NLP’s emphasis on body language, the writer continues: “NLP’s insistence on classifying people into ‘types’ is silly.” How useful can it be to classify lawyers as “visual,” “auditory,” or “kinaesthetic.” The clinching blow – “Research into [NLP] is thin on the ground and the little that exists isn’t persuasive.” The 30-year running phenomenon is a “half-baked conflation of pop psychology and pseudo-science.”

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the NLPlay?

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