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NLP Presuppositions

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The NLP Presuppositions below are those most commonly refered to within our NLP Courses, certified by the ABNLP.
(There are further NLP presuppositions utilised within the NLP arena (NLP is always evolving) although we have found those listed below to be effective)

  • NLP Presuppositions are ‘convenient assumptions’ that help us to form attitudes and beliefs towards something or someone.
  • NLP presuppositions when used in NLP Coaching or NLP training help the client and the coach to synchronise the process, environment, expectation and intention to achieve the desired outcome


1.    Respect for the other person’s model of the world


2.    Behavior and change are to be evaluated in terms of context, and Ecology

3.    Resistance in a client is a Sign of a lack of rapport (There are no resistant clients, only inflexible communicators. Effective communicators accept and utilize all communication presented to them)

4.    People are not their behaviors  (Accept the person; change the behavior)

5.    Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available (Behavior is geared for adaptation, and present behavior is the best choice available. Every behavior is motivated by a positive intent)

6.    Calibrate on Behavior:  The most important information about a person is that person’s behavior

7.    The map is not the Territory (The words we use are NOT the event or the item they represent)

8.    You are in charge of your mind, and therefore your results (and I am also in charge of my mind and therefore my results)

9.    People have all the Resources they need to succeed and to achieve their desired outcomes (There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states)

10.    All procedures should increase Wholeness

11.    There is Only feedback! (There is no failure, only feedback)

12.    The meaning of communication is the Response you get

13.    The Law of Requisite Variety: (The system/person with the most flexibility of behavior will control the system)

14.    All procedures should be Designed to increase choice.

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