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NLP Presuppositions

NLP has a number of principles, more commonly referred to as presuppositions. These presuppositions are not claimed to be true. We accept them as if they were true, and apply them in practical ways in our daily life. If they bring real improvements in our life or performance, we can continue to use them as if they were true.

These presuppositions form an important basis for understanding what NLP is all about. They are concerned with how we may live our lives in a positive way, and how we can think and communicate effectively. The benefits could almost be immediate as NLP is based on practical experience rather than theory.

The number of presuppositions varies on different lists.

1 A person is not his or her behaviour
2 Effective communication lies in its response
3 Every behaviour has a positive intention
4 Experience has a structure
5 Having choice is better than not having choice
6 Human behaviour is purposeful
7 Mind and body are one system
8 No unresourceful people, only unresourceful states
9 People create their own experience
10 People make the best choices available to them
11 The map is not the territory
12 The person with the most flexibility controls the system
13 There is a solution to every problem
14 There is no failure, only feedback
15 We have all the resources we need to succeed
16 You cannot not communicate