Neuro Linguistic Programming Books

Map of the mind

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming?

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is about communication, not just with other people but between our conscious and our unconscious minds. Our unconscious mind does what it believes we want it to do, if we are not getting the results we expect then the messages we are sending are not clear. 

NLP is a bit like an instruction book for our mind, we get our unconscious mind to give us the results we expect by ensuring the information we provide it are clear and concise. Neuro Linguistic Programming Books are a great way to introduce NLP and start training our unconscious minds to give us the results we want.

How NLP works

Starting in the 1970s, NLP is based on the idea that our sensory experiences create an internal ‘map’ of the world and we operate from that ‘map’. This ‘map’ may contain biases or limitations (bad habits or patterns of thought) based on our sensory experiences, NLP identifies these biases or limitations and then seeks to modify them. 

As an example, you will have tried lots of new things as a child, some of these will have gone well, some will not have done. The things that didn’t go well could be stored in your unconscious mind as something you cannot do because you are not good enough. This is a belief not a truth, in fact you are good enough to succeed you just need to lose the negative belief at the unconscious level.

NLP uses techniques such as visualisation to reprogramme your unconscious mind. It is not possible to control everything that happens in your life but you can control the way you react and deal with it. Our minds are a bit like computers, they look for answers to questions. If we ask ourselves why we feel bad, our mind will come up with lots of answers why we feel bad and probably make you feel worse. The trick is to ask the right question and reprogram our minds to give the right answers. This is NLP.

My Top 5 NLP Books

Introducing Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP): A Practical Guide by Neil Shah. Available as paperback and Kindle editions.

This book gives a great introduction to NLP and how it can help you. Well laid out and easy to digest as a practical guide. Helps you live a richer, fuller and better life by changing your mental habits into those of successful people.

The Big Book of NLP, Expanded: 350+ Techniques, Patterns & Strategies of Neuro Linguistic Programming by Schlomo Vaknin. Available as paperback and Kindle formats.

Written in easy to understand step-by-step format. With hundreds of patterns, all tested to ensure they are clear and concise and can be followed immediately. You can go directly to the section most relevant to you, avoiding the need to wade through lots of irrelevant subject matter.

Neuro-linguistic Programming For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help)) by Romilla Ready and Kate Burton. Available as paperback and Kindle.

Another in the classic ‘Dummies’ series, with the clear paragraph and icon based format that is now so familiar. A very easy book to navigate with an incredible amount of information all written in the easy writing style of the ‘Dummies’ books. I like the way the book supports you throughout and clearly states there is ‘no failure just feedback’.

Nlp Workbook: A Practical Guide To Achieving The Results You Want by Joseph O’Connor. Available as paperback and Kindle.

A great book for those new to NLP and those more experienced. As the title suggests this is a workbook that walks you through the processes of NLP. Although quite ‘wordy’ the writing style is easy to follow and very informative with some great examples as illustration. 

NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming by Tom Hoobyar, Tom Dotz and Susan Sanders. Available as paperback, Kindle and audio book.

Very user friendly book with some great real life examples. Just reading the book helps you start to think differently and applying the techniques into your everyday life. Backed up with personal experiences of the authors this is the most comprehensive NLP book I have read, keeping me interested and wanting to read more.

I hope you like my 5 suggestions for NLP books. If you have any views or recommendations of your own please leave a comment below.

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  • Altered Soul 14/12/2018 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for this article! I think this is something I could use. Im always after new ways to improve myself and make my mind my best friend. Some days it’s not always easy. Maybe I can use some of these books to fill in the gaps. All of them sounds great. I will probably look for the Dummies version or the The Big Book of NLP, Expanded: 350+. I live in Sweden and can’t buy from amazon, yet. I heard that amazon bought a lot of land to build storage here soon so hopefully we will have it here too in a couple of years.
    Thanks for the tips again!

    • Justin 14/12/2018 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you found the article useful. NLP is really useful, I find it helps a lot. Hopefully Amazon will be with you soon. All the best and please visit again soon.

  • Irma 14/12/2018 at 7:05 pm

    Awesome! I always thought NLP was something else and complicated as well, but your post explained it perfectly. I have a couple of questions:
    1) Are things like affirmations and vision boards related to NLP?
    2) In the book listed above “The Big Book of NLP” is says “350+ Techniques, Patterns and Strategies”. What patterns are they referring to?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Justin 14/12/2018 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Irma, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I am glad you found the information useful and easy to understand.
      In answer to your first question, yes they are related to NLP. Affirmations are a mixture of a statement of commitment, statement of belief and a mission statement, goal setting in effect. A vision board is somewhere to display images that relate to what/where you want to be in your life, the aim is to help maintain focus on your goals.
      The patterns referred to are related to the way in which you think or behave in connection to a stimulus or circumstance. You can be trapped in a pattern of negative behaviour, NLP helps identify these patterns and replace them with positive patterns of behaviour.
      I hope that helps answer your questions? Do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything else I can do.
      Once again thank you for your comment.
      All the best

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