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The Presuppositions of NLP

The Presuppositions of NLP are a set of assumptions that can be seen as useful principles. They are called ‘presuppositions’ because you pre-suppose them to be true and act as if they are. People of excellence believe presuppositions to be true (that’s just a suggestion) and act as if they are true and use them to drive their behaviour and actions. For example, with the presupposition The map is not the territory, people respond to their map of reality rather than to reality itself. NLP is about understanding and changing these maps, not about changing reality.

Other presuppositions.

  • The map is not the territory.
  • You cannot not communicate.
  • The mind and body affect each other.
  • The meaning of communication is the response you get.
  • There is no failure, only results.
  • People do the best they can with the resources available to them.
  • A person’s behaviour is not who they are.
  • All behaviour has a positive intention.
  • If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
  • We already have the resources or we can create them.
  • There are no un-resourceful people only un-resourceful states of mind.