Trauma replaces patterns of connection
with patterns of protection.
- Stephen Porges
(Copyright - artist Alexander Milow)

Trauma replaces patterns of connection
with patterns of protection.
- Stephen Porges
(Copyright - artist Alexander Milow)


Three important components

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is based on the three most important components that shape human experience: Neurology, Language and Programming.


Based on experiences from our childhood, we have created and registered complex programs to think, analyze, feel and adapt to our environment and the people around us. These programs are unique to everyone of us and our experiences and once they have been integrated they quickly become automatic habits and invisible limiting beliefs.


The latter programs are encoded and saved in our neurons. Indeed, because we have a nervous system and neurological system we are able to perceive our environment and think, feel and behave. Several NLP techniques are based on creating, reorganizing or deactivating these thinking patterns and behavior programs.


Our language structures and reflects the way we think and organize our model and vision of the world. Our mind patterns arise or express themselves through our verbal and non verbal language.

What is NLP?

NLP distinguishes reality (the world) from what we perceive from it through our five senses (limited) and the way we represent (the map) and filter these perceptions.


(visual – auditory – kinaesthetic – olfactory)
In terms of communication, it is interesting to point out that each individual has a different mental representation which is called the VAKO (an acronym for visual – auditory – kinaesthetic – olfactory) and represents our dominant approach in our way of thinking. In fact, we are mainly one or the other type, but that does not mean we do not share some aspects of each.


Visual people will be influenced by visual distance, location of things, colors, brightness, contrast, size, light intensity in a room, movement, shapes (2D-3D) and so on. Visuals often use verbs or words such as see, show, visualize, enlighten, shine, consider, illustrate and clear.


People that are auditory or of the hearing type use the lexical field of sound or speech in their words like hear, talk, speak, listen, question, ask oneself, converse, discuss, lend an ear, record, agreement, resonance, disharmony/discordance, noise, rhythm , melodious, tuneful, echo, tone, scream…

Kinaesthetic and Olfactory

The kinesthetic and olfactory types are close to the felt. The olfactory being close with the kinaesthetic the two are combined here. The vocabulary used by these people is mostly: feeling, sensation, smell, feel, heavy, contact, touch, seize, grasp, solid, firm, weight, soft, hard, excited, good, bad, velvety, fragrant...

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