In this article I am going to explain how NLP techniques tap into our brain’s natural pleasure centres. This will reveal to you one reason why NLP works so well!
You will get good value from this if have any level of interest in NLP. If you prefer watching to reading then watch the video below.
You will find all of this especially useful for you if you are thinking of learning NLP, if you are already studying NLP and if you have already qualified professionally in NLP and are using itwith paying clients on a professional basis.
Welcome to a new series of articles and accompanying videos that are really going to uncover for you some of the secrets of NLP. This series is designed to help you to understand how NLP works and why it’s so effective.These bite-sized NLP based articles and videos are going to help you personally and they are going to help you work with other people to improve your life and to improve other people’s lives.
30 years of using NLP – tapping into pleasure centers
Over the last 30 years I have used NLP effectively with people from all sorts of different backgrounds and with people from all over the world and it never fails to amaze me how quickly NLP can work and how permanently change can take place.
NLP is about change for the good. It is about creating change. It is about solving problems and it is about creating excellence.
You may have heard of NLP being described as the “Art and science of Excellence” This is a good description and NLP also solves problems for people.
In this article I want to talk to you about why NLP is so effective why the results are so permanent.
Chemicals producing the “magic” in NLP
A lot of the “magic” in NLP has to do with how using it stimulates chemical interactions in the body and how it helps produce the feel-good chemical called dopamine.
Dopamine is produced in several areas in our body. It is a feel-good chemical and it is also a component of some highly addictive drugs. In itself it is highly addictive and we produce it naturally all the time in our body when we’re having fun.
NLP techniques are designed to be fun. They are fun to do yourself. They are fun to carry out with other people and the key point here is that when you’re having fun you get addicted to the fun that you are having.
Have fun with NLP – Release the chemicals
One of the reasons that NLP change is so permanent and works so quickly is that when you have fun carrying out a technique of NLP, doing the technique, you feel good at the end of it and then (therefore) you want more of it.
When you want more of something then you repeat the behaviour. In NLP the techniques of change often involve a series of thought patterns. These thought patterns may be what you want to change, or they may lead to a behaviour. In this case, change the thought patterns and the behaviour changes.
If you have got behaviour that you are carrying out that you don’t want but it makes you feel good then it is probably producing dopamine for you, in your body.
You won’t necessarily be doing it deliberately! All the same it is producing dopamine and that is going to make you want more!
To get the best from NLP work with an NLP professional. A lot of the techniques in NLP involve designing solutions with NLP professionals.
NLP is about designing new behaviours that replace previous behaviours that you don’t want. Designing behaviours that you do want, having fun designing them and having fun creating the thought patterns in your brain.
This produces dopamine for you and you want more of it!
Pleasure centres in your brain – producing dopamine
So one of the reasons that change takes place is because of the dopamine attraction and the desire for this dopamine reaction within your body. This takes place automatically and you find yourself going after the same behaviour that produced the feel-good factor the first time around.
So in summary, you do something and it works in NLP, you do a technique and it works. You have fun doing it. It makes you want more of it, doesn’t it?
Your brain will automatically take you through this cycle.
This is one of the intriguing things that happens in the brain. It happens as part of a so-called Pleasure Center in your brain:
You carry out a behaviour. It makes you feel good. One of the reasons it makes you feel good is because you experience a dopamine shower!
The dopamine is produced by a pleasure center in your brain and it has the effect like a shower. It showers your brain in dopamine. It goes throughout your brain and down through your body.
It makes you feel good and it is addictive. Therefore you want more of it.
You can relate to this, can’t you.
If you have fun doing something then you want to do it again.
This is one of the reasons why NLP is so effective because it appeals to these internal Pleasure Centres in your brain which in turn produce the dopamine which makes you feel good and you want to do the technique again. You want to have the thought patterns again. You want the behaviour again and so you repeat it.
If you are focusing on positive thoughts and what you want, which is what NLP will help you do then this is all going to help you to produce and reproduce good behaviour.
NLP is about producing a template in your mind for what you want and then going after it.