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This FAQ is maintained by Dale [NLP Self-help]. Please send comments, suggestions, questions, and additions to Revised Thursday, December 27, 2006.
I've added an NLP Self-Help Blog at to enhance the FAQ, and provide more help to those exploring NLP for self development.

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Answers to common questions:

The Alt.Psychology.NLP FAQ

Answers to common questions:

 Q: What is the purpose of alt.psychology.nlp?

 A:  There are many:

Q: What is NLP?

 A: A: NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) is a constantly evolving set of models, presuppositions, patterns, techniques, and observation-based theories resulting from the study of the structure of subjective experience, behavior and communication. Beyond understanding, NLP seeks to enable remedial and generative change quickly and ecologically. ToC

 Q: Does NLP really work? Has it been scientifically validated?

 A: It's difficult to prove that something doesn't work or doesn't exist. (e.g. Smoking has not yet been "scientifically proved" to cause cancer.) There is massive anecdotal evidence that NLP works. Few studies have been done on particular aspects of NLP with mixed results.

 Q: Isn't NLP really just hypnosis?

A: No. NLP is not *just* hypnosis. Milton Erickson was a strong influence on NLP's founders, but NLP includes aspects of many other disciplines as well. For more information on hypnosis, you might want to check out alt.hypnosis.

 Q: Can NLP be used ononeself?

A: Yes. Many people use NLP as a form of self development. If you are interested in self development, you may also want to read alt.self-improve or the excellent alt.self-improve FAQ.ToC

 Q: What are the presuppositions of NLP?

A: Here are some of them.

  1. No one is wrong or broken. People work perfectly to accomplish what they are currently accomplishing.
  2. People already have all the resources they need.
  3. Behind every behavior is a positive intention.
  4. Every behavior is useful in some context.
  5. The meaning of a communication is the response you get.
  6. If you aren't getting the response you want, do *something* different.
  7. There is no such thing as failure. There is only feedback.
  8. In any system, the element with the most flexibility exerts the most influence.
  9. The map is not the territory.
  10. If someone can do something, anyone can learn it.

  11. You cannot fail to communicate.
Q: Who started the alt.psychology.nlp newsgroup?

A: I. Chris English set up the newsgroup back in 1994 and originally created the text version of this FAQ.

Q: Can we chat?

A: Jonathan Altfeld hosts NLP IRC Chats:

Q: Where can I find NLP resources on the Internet?

A: There are many good resources for learning about NLP, finding trainers, and other information on the Internet. The following are excellent starting points and should lead you to just about all the resoures there are:

 The Web version of this alt.psychology.nlp FAQ is at:
Features: Includes a large section of online resources with features listed.

Stever Robbins has an multi-featured NLP server with a wealth of information at
Features: Glossary, Articles, Calendar of Events, more.

NLP Information Center:
Features: Comprehensive guide to online resources.

Features: Global list of trainers and FAQual material.

NLP Training Centers:
Stever Robbins List of Training Centers

Other NLP FAQs
Richard Bandler's NLP FAQ:

NLP Glossaries
Robert Dilts offers an Encyclopedia of NLP:
Dale Kirby has a glossary in progress: NLP Glossary:

Free NLP Online
Dale Kirby has compiled: Best NLP Online

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