O.A & NLP

Use Of NLP In The Practice Of Organizational Psychology

By: Selva Sugunendran CEng,MIEE,MCMI,CHt,MIMDHA,MBBNLP

Neuro linguistic programming, also known as NLP, is believed by some to be a very effective tool for organizational psychology, and is applicable to different processes of cultural and organizational change. This approach offers people a good alternative to psychological therapy, as using this approach allows you to basically tackle a wide range of problem areas in your personality, and it also gives you the opportunity to make yourself better, both personally and professionally. Although this method is not necessarily embraced by conventional social science, mainly because it lacks substantial empirical evidences to back up its different claims of effectiveness, and it also lacks professional credibility to be able to back up the validity of its models, still, there are still some private psychotherapists who do actually use this approach, and some would even apply it to their practice.

There may be a lot of discussion regarding the validity and effectiveness of NLP, it does have certain uses in the practice of organizational psychology. This article will discuss the different uses of NLP.

1. Reinforces Your Faith In Your Capability

One of the main uses of NLP in the practice of organizational psychology is that it helps reinforce the faith that each individual may have on their own capabilities. They will believe that they are capable of achieving a goal, or accomplishing a task, with or without the help of others. They will know that they have certain abilities and skills that is needed in order to be able to do what they need to do.

2. Improves Your Problem Solving Ability

NLP is also used to help individuals improve on their problem solving ability. People who undergo this program are not just given a way to understand and figure out what problems they may have, but are also made to figure out what steps or actions they need to take in order to be able to address the problems, whatever the problem may be. It could be phobias, illnesses, disorders, or any condition that might prove to be a problem for the person involved.

3. Improves Communication Skills

Another use of NLP in organizational psychology is that it actually helps you improve on your communication skills. When using NLP, psychotherapists usually allow the patient to talk about his condition, his situation, his feelings, basically everything about him. The psychotherapist simply guides the patient with questions that, if answered, will lead both of them to the answers that the patient is looking for. The psychotherapist does not necessarily diagnose the patient, but allows the other person to talk. This practice can actually be used effectively when interacting with other people.

4. Overcome Your Limitation

Another use for NLP is that it helps you overcome your ‘supposed’ self-perceived limitations. These limitations that you have set for yourself are actually what prevents you from functioning to your utmost ability. NLP helps you overcome these limitations so that you can fully realize your potential, and therefore, become a more effective and more productive individual.

5. Improves How You Build Rapport

Although building rapport may not necessarily be viewed by some people as a crucial part of their skill set, it actually allows you to be able to connect with people better, getting them to open up more with you, giving you an opportunity to dissect the other person, figure out what their problems are, and be able to come up with a solution for their problem.

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