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Chapter 3. The Pracademic Profession

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Introductory Questions

Pracademic is a combination of the practitioner and academic profession. This part is highly interactive. So, feel free to interact with other participants on the platform by sharing your thoughts, views, and leave your comments in the reply column on the following questions. It helps you to check your knowledge and understanding as well as identify areas to explore further.

What does NLP teach people?

1. To pretend to be different

2. To change the way they think and act

3. To forget who they are

What does NLP stand for?

1. Neuro-linguistic Programming

2. Near-linguistic Programming

3. Neuro-linguistic Pretending

Which of the following is the highest level of personal change?

1. Higher purpose and Spirituality

2. Lower purpose and Spirituality

3. Higher purpose and Identity

What is the first level of personal change?

1. Physical Environment

2. Spiritual Environment

3. Personality

How can we make immediate changes in our life according to NLP?

1. By changing our appearance

2. By changing our friends

3. By changing our behavior

What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder 1970. NLP is a concept that uses the connection between neurological functioning and language to improve communication (personal development) and facilitate learning in individuals. Some of the NLP applications include psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and personal improvement.

NLP Six Levels

Level 1: Physical environment: this describes our space and surroundings.

Level 2: Personal behaviour: this describes our attitude, feelings, and behaviour.

Level 3: Abilities and strength: the potential within us to improve the skills that we have.

Level 4: Core beliefs- these are the primary drivers of our actions.

Level 5: Personal identity- this describes how we define ourselves- who you are? I am…

Level 6: Higher purpose and spiritualities- our place in the universe and our purpose in life. It is good practice to perform a self-reflection or personal assessment. This is to ensure that one level has been attained by the clients before poceeding to the next stage.

NLP Components and Techniques

What does ‘reframing’ mean?

1. Learning a different language

2. Meditating to forget about stress

3. Focusing on the positive aspects

Which stimuli work together to affect our actions over time?

1. Yin and Yang stimuli

2. Conscious and unconscious stimuli

3. Big and small stimuli

What can NLP teach you to become?

1. Likeable

2. Arrogant

3. Robotic

What are the five senses?

1. Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch

2. Singing, hearing, taste, smell and touch

3. Sight, hearing, taste, sniffing and touch

What is NLP learning based on?

1. Modelling

2. Imitating

3. Intimating

NLP Criticisms and Benefits

Why has NLP not widely embraced by the scientific community?

1. They had the wrong name

2. They did not pay the bribes

3. The theories did not perform well during clinical trials

Which NLP technique helps with OCD?

1. Dissociative language

2. Dissociative learning

3. Distance learning

What does ‘reframing’ help with?

1. PTSD

2. SPCA

3. PTA

What does GAD stand for?

1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder

2. Generalised Anxiety Difference

3. Generalised Anger Disorder

How does NLP improve relationships?

1. By helping people become more likeable

2. Through hypnosis

3. By making people more physically attractive

NLP Practical Applications

Which of the following entertainment art forms is connected to NLP?

1. Tap dancing

2. Miming

3. Hypnosis

Which of the following is an industry that applies NLP?

1. Fishing

2. Agriculture

3. Alternative Health

Which of the following is a very popular NLP job?

1. Life Saver

2. Life Coach

3. Life Carer

What does T.O.T.E stand for?

1. Test Operate Test Exit

2. Take Operate Test Exit

3. Test Operate Test Ended

What does NLP share many similarities with?

1. Psychosis

2. Psychiatry

3. Psychotherapy

Active Listening Skills

The following questions test your active listening skills. Are you an active listener?

I keep an open mind about the client’s point of view until he/she has finished talking.

1. Never… My point of view is the second gospel

2. Sometimes…

3. I try but often fail…

4. I do my best to understand what is being said to me.

While listening, I mentally sort out the client’s ideas in a way that makes sense to me.

1. Rarely.

2. Sometimes.

3. I am more interested in my opinions than those that belong to others.

4. Yes, because understanding what the other person is saying means that I will learn something!

I stop the client and give my opinion when I disagree with something, he/she has said.

1. Never.

2. Sometimes.

3. Most of the time.

4. All the time.

I do not evaluate or critique what a person is saying until he/she has finished talking.

1. Always…Anything other than this would be judgemental!

2. Sometimes…I do like the sound of my opinion.

3. Never, I believe that my opinions are 100% accurate all the time.

When someone takes a long time to present a simple idea, I let my mind wander to other things.

1. Often…If another person is boring…I just switch off.

2. Sometimes…Although I am getting better at exercising self-control.

3. Never…I treat other people the same way I like to be treated.

Rather than organising the client’s ideas, I usually expect the person to summarise them for me.

1. Always.

2. Often.

3. Sometimes.

4. Never.

While the client is talking, I quickly determine whether I like or dislike his/her ideas and arrive at a decision about whether this person is right or wrong.

1. Always.

2. Sometimes.

3. Never.

I pay close attention to what people are saying even when they are explaining something I already know.

1. Always…because there is always something new to learn.

2. Sometimes…unless the client is extremely disengaging.

3. Never…I am a perfect person who knows everything.

How Can NLP Coaches & Practitioners Have Impact On Helper’s Life?

Helping relationships can have impacts on people’s lives in different ways: individual, group, organisational, and global impacts. Impact implies the extent to which or how we influence others. As a counsellor, I can influence or make changes to people lives as an individual – which occurs at a personal level. Group – which occurs at the team level (for example, family couple or departmental team). Organisational impact- occurs when we help a business to improve its activities or portfolio. Consequently, impact at the personal, group, and organisational levels have a wider impact on society (global).
Regardless of the levels of impact, to me helping relationship contribution could be economical and cultural. For example, economical contribution in terms of income by helping clients in their career development (working relationship) and cultural contribution in terms of empowering clients to be self-aware of their personal development (for example, life or family relationship.

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