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1 May 2015

A Psychology Program May Work – NLP

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A Psychology Program May Work – NLP

An article on NLP written by Chen Yixiong, Singapore Times

101-205x205I refer to the letter “Must we always punish teens?” (ST, Aug 4). The letter mentions that no individual is born delinquent, and if he becomes delinquent, it would be due to his environment.

Accepting this opinion, just like accepting the opinion that some people are born delinquent, could give some people a reason for not taking the responsibility to solve personal problems.

A more suitable opinion would be: “No individual is born delinquent. His experiences tend to make him one. If this is true, how do we prevent bad experiences from influencing people and, instead, use or convert them into more useful ones?”

There is a suggestion that may not only solve the problem of delinquent behaviour, but also many of society’s problems. The Government could set up free or highly-subsidized Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) courses for the public.

NLP is a fast-growing psychology which enables any person to understand himself or herself better and learn patterns of excellence from more “gifted” people. It was discovered in 1972 by John Grinder, then an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of California, and Richard Bandler, a student of psychology at the university. It has stood the test of time and given birth to many other fields, including accelerated learning.

Though applicable in many situations, NLP is a sure way to solve all problems. Just as there are many ways to solve a mathematical problem, there are many ways to solve society’s problems.

Using the “carrot and stick” approach does not solve the problem effectively, and it is like trying to pull open a sliding door. Instead of “trying hard” the wrong way, NLP allows us to apply a slight force to open the door.

I seriously hope the relevant authorities will consider my suggestion.

Chen Yixiong

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