Following on from the last blog on hypnotherapy, there is a question that
we are often asked, 'I have a fear of flying, what do you think is the best
treatment?' We are often asked about many different types of therapy
interventions. Today, we are going to discuss NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming.
The sort of things that we
hear people have tried to beat fear of flying:
Rational Emotive Behaviour
Thought Field Therapy
Emotional Freedom Therapy
if they come up over next few weeks...
The last blog in this series will discuss what sort
of techniques fear of flying courses tend to use and why. So, does NLP
cure fear of flying?
This has become very popular since it was created in the 1970s. Many members of the flying without fear team are trained in this particular field despite the scientific criticism that exists out there of it....
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy created in the 1970s. The title refers to a stated connection between the neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic"), and behavioural patterns that have been learned through experience ("programming") and can be organised to achieve specific goals in life. According to certain neuroscientists,psychologists and linguists, NLP is unsupported by current scientific evidence, and uses incorrect and misleading terms and concepts.
The founders of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, say that NLP is capable of addressing problems such as phobias, depression, habit disorder, psychosomatic illnesses and learning disorders. Their stated aim was in "finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives." Bandler and Grinder claimed that if the effective patterns of behaviour of exceptional people could be modelled then these patterns could be acquired by others. NLP has been adopted by private therapists, including hypnotherapists, and in management workshops and seminars marketed to business and government.
Reviews of empirical research on NLP indicate that NLP contains numerous factual errors, and has failed to produce reliable results for the claims for effectiveness made by NLP’s originators and proponents.
So, the question is, 'Can NLP really help fear of flying?'
There does seem to be a hell of a lot of criticism of NLP. Some call it pseudo science! So, why are so many of our team trained in NLP then?
As far as we are concerned, some elements of NLP seem to help some of our clients a lot. We may not be able to completely prove why it does; It just does. We have looked at lots of different therapies over the years and we use a combination of approaches including NLP. There are many different techniques that can be used with phobias and anxieties which we take advantage of.
One of the approaches that NLP uses that we like is the idea of programming. If you had rubbish software running on your computer you would take it off. If you couldn't take it off the computer, you would find a way to stop it working on your computer. Then, you would install software that worked better and gave you what you actually wanted. Makes sense?
This is what we like about NLP. People who are anxious are running unhelpful software. NLP gives us some neat little techniques to change the software. This means that instead of getting anxious near aircraft, you could actually get excited about aircraft!
That is why we like some elements of it. Until someone proves to us that something that people find helpful is wrong, we will keep using it as a part of our offering....
Paul & Richard
Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear
The kids course was fully booked on the 8th July at Gatwick. It went really well. We have been running kids courses since 2006 and now we have added a flight to the session. The new cost will be £375 inc VAT which covers the child and adult places including flights and refreshments. There will be another course running at Gatwick on the 18th November and hopefully a course at Manchester on the 11th November...
London Luton 26th August
Birmingham 14th October
Manchester 11th November
Gatwick 18th November
Edinburgh 25th November
Southampton 2nd December
Leeds Bradford 13th January 2013
Newcastle 3rd February 2013