About Living Well NLP

Living Well NLP is Joy Livingwell’s blog about improvements and new developments in life coaching and therapy that can help you help your clients.

It focuses most on improvements and new developments in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). I am an internationally known NLP developer who uses the tools of NLP to advance human knowledge, improve therapeutic techniques, and create new NLP.

While this site has a section for people without NLP training, it is primarily intended for people who already know and use some NLP — whether you had a few NLP sessions or read a few books, just certified as an NLP Practitioner, or you’re a seasoned professional.

To make posts easier to understand,  I’ve provided a glossary. 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.

Purpose of this website

This site is intended to introduce you to recent innovations that will help you help your clients and customers.

If you have NLP training, this site will also help you improve your skills, knowledge, and effectiveness, whether you’re a beginner or expert.

This site is ultimately intended to advance human knowledge by fostering online knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

Rapid psychological research and development

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:

  1. Make genuinely new discoveries about how people think. Many of these dovetail with new discoveries in cognitive and evolutionary psychology.
  2. 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.
  3. Develop powerful new NLP models and techniques.

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

Articles on this site explore

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.
  • Why/how various NLP techniques work, plus other ways to get those 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.)
  • 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.

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