Most people believe that the powers of hypnosis are limited to stage shows and psychology settings, but a select group of people use a milder form of hypnosis in their everyday conversations called Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP). NLP was invented by Psychologists Richard Bandler and John Grinder to be used in clinical settings and aid psychotherapy. The powers of NLP were quickly abused, and the masses started using it to control the minds of those around them for personal gain. The scary thing about NLP is that objective science has deemed it useless as a psychotherapy aid, leaving it largely unknown to the public nearly half a century after it was discovered. Though scientific minds disproved the effects of NLP in psychotherapy settings, it remains a viable technique for controlling people’s behavior and decisions regardless of their consent through a specific process.
The process of NLP starts by developing a goal for the conversation in which NLP is going to be applied, if a goal isn’t established, then a random one will undoubtedly arise from the unconscious mind. By developing a premeditated goal to a conversation, the NLP practitioner is instantly disregarding any reasoning that could arise during the conversation that could change that goal or offer a more mutually beneficial medium. After setting a goal, the person employing NLP enters the conversation and uses their developed peripheral vision to read and mimic the body language of the other person. By developing a good peripheral vision, the manipulator is able to keep eye contact to establish a sense of trust and connection while also mimicking body language which makes the other person let their guard down. The NLP practitioner also pays close attention to the logic and reasoning that the other person uses to gauge how to accurately reason with them. All of these manipulations of conversation and mimicking of body language and reasoning establishes rapport, a state in which people completely let their guard down and are more open to suggestion having strongly identified with their manipulator.
Once rapport is established, the manipulator then speaks in phrases that sound like they have a specific meaning, but in reality, can be interpreted a countless number of ways. The person hearing these specific-sounding vague phrases is left to interpret the meaning, which means they will choose to believe the meaning that carries the most personal significance to them. Many of these vague phrases lead the listener to believe the manipulator is speaking from a place of understanding, and the phrases themselves are set up so that they can’t be argued against. The manipulator then continues to use vague phrases and other manipulations of language to put the other person in a mild state of hypnosis. If one technique to verbally induce NLP trace fails, the manipulator keeps utilizing different mind and language games while observing the other person’s body language to determine the effectiveness of each technique. Once an effective technique is reached through trial and error, the manipulator is one step close to achieving their pre-set goal.
The manipulator is finally able to make hypnotic suggestions to the person they’re conversing with to complete the NLP. The suggestions made are simple phrases that suggest the idea of the pre-set goal to the hypnotized mind, who in turn believes the idea originated in their own head and then carries out the manipulator’s will. NLP is a powerful and dangerous tool, and not easy to learn because of the many aspects of human behavior and body language, reasoning, and suggestion that need to be closely observed to successfully employ the practice. However, the results can be detrimental if someone driven by bad intentions and greed learns to master NLP. Most people practicing NLP also incorporate the idea of conditioning that’s well studied within the world of psychology. By associating a physical action with a feeling, manipulators are able to elicit a specific response in someone with a mere touch after being programmed. So if you find yourself in a conversation with someone who is being purposely vague, overly agreeable, mimicking your body language, and trying to make repeated physical contact then get yourself as far away as possible.