Living Well NLP is a blog about improvements and new developments in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

It is primarily intended for people who already know and use some NLP — whether you had a few NLP sessions,  just certified as Practitioner, or you’re a seasoned professional.

This site has 3 main purposes:

  1. To help you improve your NLP skills, knowledge, and effectiveness, however much NLP you know now.
  2. To introduce you to recent NLP innovations.
  3. To advance human knowledge through online collaborations. For instance, a bunch of us can try a new NLP technique, then post and compare our results.

On these pages you’ll find what I and others have discovered (or are discovering right now) about:

  • More effective ways to help people you work with get good results.
  • Useful NLP techniques and models that you might not have learned during your training, plus innovative ways to use them.
  • Improvements to existing NLP techniques and models.
  • New NLP techniques and models.
  • Possible NLP techniques, models, future developments, and speculations. (Ideas and techniques that don’t work out often provide key insights necessary for developing ideas and techniques that do work.)
  • Why/how various NLP techniques work, plus other ways to get those results.
  • Fundamentals of how people function. All effective methods of change work, rapport, and communication, including NLP, rely on these basics. And there is a lot more to discover! The more you understand the basics, the more able you become to apply NLP techniques both powerfully and flexibly.
  • Fun experiments you can do with yourself, friends, and clients. The experiments are designed to help you understand the post content better, in the same way you learned NLP — by doing. They’ll also strengthen your NLP skills. And when you report your results in the Comments, you will also advance NLP’s understanding of how people work, and help develop and test new NLP models and techniques.


The articles here assume that you know at least a few NLP basics. To make posts easier to understand,  I’ve provided a glossary. (Glossary links look like this.) You can find in-depth references to many NLP techniques and terms in the articles on Steve Andreas’s website, on Steve’s blog, and in the online Encyclopedia of NLP.

Much of the material I present here got developed in collaboration with my colleagues, including  Jan (pronounced “yon”) Saeger, Michael Harris, Ron Nodvik, Steve Andreas, and others. My articles on this blog presents my understanding of what got developed. The models and distinctions used by my colleagues may differ mine.

About Joy Livingwell

I do NLP modeling, research, and development, which I started during my NLP training in 2002-2003. I am also a certified hypnotist.

Using NLP and hypnosis, and doing most of the work myself, I cured myself of severe lifelong problems with anxiety, depression, mood swings, trauma flashbacks, etc. I am living proof that even severe mental health problems can be permanently resolved without drugs, simply by changing the strategies that generated them.

Due to long-term health problems, I am not currently in practice, and rarely post on this blog. Find an expert NLP practitioner here.

About NLP development

Like NLP’s founders, my colleagues and I use NLP modeling to explore how people run their own brains.

The tools of NLP are so powerful, and the field is so new (founded in the early 1970s), that my colleagues and I have been able to:

  • Make genuinely new discoveries about how people think. Many of these dovetail with new discoveries in cognitive and evolutionary psychology.
  • Figure out how techniques from NLP and other fields work. Once you know how a technique works, you can often invent alternate ways to get the same results. This is useful when a technique doesn’t work for a particular client.
  • Develop powerful new NLP models and techniques.

It’s fun and exciting to explore a genuine frontier! Please join me in expanding human knowledge, learning more about how people work, and developing new ways of improving people’s lives, including your own.

How you can help


  • Post a comment!
  • Do one of the experiments, and post your results!
  • Give me feedback (in post comments or email) about what does/doesn’t work for you and why.
  • Add a comment or email me with questions, clarifications, requests for post topics, useful NLP links, your modeling results, your results working with clients, or anything NLP!