NLP practitioners aren’t very fond of personality typing. For most NLP practitioners personality typing involves giving people limiting beliefs whereas the whole point of NLP is to get people to overcome their limiting beliefs. In almost all cases of personality typing these NLP practitioners would be right. Except in the case of the Neurogram® as the Neurogram® is especially developed to be compatible with NLP. Here is why.
First of all we need to limit the beliefs of some misguided NLP practitioners. One often hears that you can achieve anything you want with NLP. This is false. In fact, this is obviously false for reality limits what any person including NLP practitioners can do. Today no human being can fly to another star. In fact even the planet Mars is currently just beyond our reach currently. Fortunately, almost no-one wants to fly to Mars or some distant star that much for him to invest a lot of time and money in NLP skills in order to get there. No, fortunately, most people put a limit to what they want and are realistic what they can achieve within their lifetime. Learning NLP is very valuable because it expands the range of what is possible.
Almost all people want to keep their personality as it is. Most people like to have the positive side of their character be more prevailing. Yet almost no-one would want a complete change of character. So even if personality typing would determine people’s character, which we will see that the Neurogram® actually refrains from, it would be okay as it is important that people remain who they are. Nearly everybody wants to become more themselves and never less.
The issue with almost all personality typing lies elsewhere than in the idéefixe that it would limit peoples in their beliefs. The problem is that almost every system for personality typing is a static system whereas personality is dynamic. This means something different than that our personality is formed by our lifetime experiences. Even though this is a very common perception, reality is the other way around. You experience what you experience in life due to your personality. If you had a different personality your life would also be completely different. Hence it is important to understand your character as it is a guide to the direction that your future will take.
The strength of the Neurogram® is that it is dynamic. There are two major streams going on in one’s character. First there is the movement between stress and relaxation. This ought to be very familiar ground for any NLP practitioner. Most people stress way too much. The Neurogram® shows how stress translates into negative behavioral patterns. NLP focuses on the feeling of stress, traumatic memories, negative expectations and worrying. In a significant number of cases the negative behavioral patterns highlighted by the Neurogram® can be spotted before people actually experience stress themselves. So the Neurogram® helps you take action faster in order to relax.
The second dynamic is that destructive behavior is transformed into constructive behavior. Each Neurogram® personality type comes with one specific form of behavior that is well liked by the person in question but which is destructive for his life. Turning to the opposite behavior is constructive although it is generally disliked by the person himself. The trouble is that the constructive part of this behavior will not show up for many months or even years. NLP has a hard time dealing with strategies that feel bad and don’t work for months. In fact the NLP guideline is to stop doing what isn’t working and do more of what does work. In almost all cases that is a good idea except for this specific long term strategy. Without the Neurogram® a NLP practitioner would never find these long term strategies. That is the reason why you see many NLP Practitioners, NLP Master Practitioners of even NLP Trainers who are very relaxed yet still show the destructive behavior. This destruction is then discarded as “having bad luck”. They lack an understanding how this “bad luck” is tied to his personality and its associated destructive behavior. By learning the Neurogram® it ensures you turning “bad luck” into “good luck” for as once the constructive behavior kicks in you run in lots of good luck situations.
Finally it is good for NLP practitioners to learn the Neurogram® as it is a true neurological model. Neuroscience has shows that people’s personality depend on the hardware structure of their brain. NLP can be compared to software. NLP is about what our brain has learned from all the sensory input it has had during life. As any programmer worth his salt can tell you, you can solve any problem with software alone, but it makes a lot of sense and helps enormously if you know on what kind of hardware the software is running. The same goes for our brain. You can get a great life or help other people wonderfully with NLP alone. Yet it makes sense to learn and understand what kind of hardware people have inside their heads. It makes your NLP work much more effectively and efficiently. One way of doing this would be to make a MRI scan of your brain and hire a neuroscientist to explain its hardware to you. That would set you back thousands of pounds, especially if you want to do this with everyone you work with. The other way is to study the Neurogram® and apply this wonderful model to yourself, your loved ones and the people you work with.