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What is NLP?

To summarize the field in one sentence: NLP is the practical study of the human brain and how you can manipulate it. In order to understand what this field stands for, it helps to briefly look at the roots of NLP. NLP is a relatively new field of psychological study, being used for the first time in the 60s. The founders of NLP tried to bring together new research breakthroughs from such diverse fields as linguistics, computer programming, brain research, and psychology, to get a better understanding of the human mind. The origin explains also the name NLP, which stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.

It is often said that your brain is the greatest computer on earth. The only problem is, it came without a manual. The promise of NLP is to supply this manual. To fulfill this promise, it gives you many different practical techniques which you can use to "program your mind".

One other important distinction is that NLP is a very goal-orientated field. Therefore it produces, opposing to many other psychology fields, models rather than theories. The difference is that models do not have to be 100% correct, whereas theories need only one piece of contradicting evidence to be proven wrong. The only purpose of a model is for it to work for you. So if you know that a certain technique works great to make you feel happy, but it also has been proven to not work on a random man in India (which would be enough to completely abandon a theory), you could still, without a doubt, practice the model since it is still perfectly intact for you.

I know of no documented incidence in which NLP has been seriously applied to BDD. However, some techniques from NLP are frequently used in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which is the therapy of choice for BDD victims. Despite this infrequent use of NLP in BDD cases, NLP offers, in my opinion, a very big chance to help a BDDer to decrease his suffering.

There are areas where NLP can be applied to BDD: (I am mentioning some techniques here which should only be for illustration. I will post the detailed instructions on how to make them work for you at a later time.)
NLP can help you to cope with the effects of BDD.
This can improve your daily living standard. For example, a BDDer who is really scared of another person, because of a slight social phobia, could make a picture of that feared person and shrink him in his mind; paint him blue; place a white hat on him; and let him sing the smurf song. When you see the person again, your response to him will most likely be much less intense, as you'll see the situation in a much brighter light. NLP supplies you with a variety of such small techniques which can help you increase the quality of your life.
NLP can be used to solve the underlying roots of BDD.
Here is another good place for NLP to help BDDer's, to fight the roots of BDD. You could, for example, let your negative, inner critic talk to you. Try to make this voice or picture smaller. Imagine yourself in a room with your family. You'll often notice that your critical family members are all grouped together and are standing above you. Try to change their positions in your mind, and make them stand lower than you. This set of techniques is more challenging to apply, but the results are often very impressive.

It is important to note that NLP should NOT be used to fight a BDD attack directly. I have tried that a couple of times and it just seems as if there is too big a barrier during a BDD attack. Applying NLP during those periods will probably only create more stress than needed, and it's best just to let the BDD attack pass without NLP.

We will add more techniques to this page as often as possible. Be sure to keep checking back if you're interested in learning more about how you can use NLP!