Curiosity? The Value in NLP


When NLP was created, there were little scientific studies done on the strength or unconscious value of curiosity. Even today, not many studies have been done. The specific dimensions and scientific outcomes discovered will remain for later week’s topics. Curiosity is one of my signature strengths I discovered, after subjecting myself as a guinea pig in positive psychology assessments at the university of Pennsylvania.
Blame it on being raised by a very curious Indonesian mother (Indonesians are by nature very curious). We used to joke about how she would prefer to have the mail slot in her front door at eye level, equipped with infra-red for night viewing.

Love of Learning
Where love of learning has a more systematic approach, for me all my learning is propelled by curiosity. How, specifically, does this work? What makes people tick? How can you talk someone into a different perspective? How does the phobic or anxious brain work, and how could I shift that? What motivates this student? What is the thought-based trap my client is in, what specifically is the trigger and the step-by-step process?
Real learning, the way we did before we were made to sit behind uncomfortable desks behind uncomfortable tables, all started with curiosity. To be curious about our voice and language. How we could move from lying in a crib being helpless, to standing, walking, playing. NLP engages this way of learning.

The NLP Meta Model & NLP Modeling Process
The very first thing created in NLP was the meta-model, which many practitioners and NLP trainers aren’t even aware of. NLP wouldn’t exist if the meta-model wasn’t created first, so people could figure out how they set goals, build rapport, use language, and the like.

New Solutions for maximizing Human Potential Using NLP
NLP also wouldn’t exist if the group of early NLP creators and adopters weren’t curious about different solutions, about how people in excellence operate. How we sense, feel, act, think, and how we leverage this.

A Resourceful Emotional State & The Antidote for Judgement
The state of curiosity is also a wonderful state to anchor, or to switch into as an emotional state. It allows you to ask a lot of questions. It is also a better state to step into than, for instance, “judgement.” Especially when you meet new people, in coaching, or when communicating with people very different from you. Or, if you will, people who rub you the wrong way for some reason.

NLP TOTE & Strategies
In NLP, a technique is taught involving eye accessing (eye movement reading). In my opinion, this can uncover how someone’s brain works in a certain context when paired with NLP meta model questioning.

NLP Master Practitioner Tools and Curiosity
I can’t speak for the programs of other companies, but at Global NLP Training we teach the following things. Perhaps as the designer of our program, my curiosity strengths came through.

  1. Values – What is the underlying foundation a person stands on, and how can you help your client to discover that.
  2. Pattern Design – We are unique in the world of NLP to not teach designing new tools as a side note. It is truly in the for front of what we teach. We want people to be able to create their own positive interventions for themselves, for those at work, at home, their therapy or coaching clients, etc. Curiosity is really a huge part of the first step to be able to create a working pattern.
  3. Curiosity about your personality and how that relates to your brain, and the way you filter information. This really cannot be separated from NLP.
  4. Curiosity in how to continue to develop your emotional intelligence, and with that happiness and success. Chance the way you think, feel, act, sense, using NLP in relation to yourself as well as others.

In the future, I will present more detailed information about the science behind curiosity and how it relates to NLP.