NLP has some fame in the pick-up community for its use in seduction. Back in the mid 1990s, in the early days of the Internet’s public phase I remember seeing references to something called “Speed Seduction.” Speed Seduction was the creation of Ross Jeffries and claimed to be a way to use NLP to create sexual attraction in any woman. I was, and remain dubious, about the potential of NLP in seduction* but do see a role in personal improvement (including inner game).
While this will not be a full discussion on NLP I will offer a little background for those unfamiliar.
NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programming, is partly about investigating your internal states and representations. It is about examining exactly how you experience and represent ideas and activities. For example: many people fear public speaking. NLP would ask that person what they felt, saw, heard, etc. when they imagined having to give a speech. By making the person aware of these representations, along with taking action to change them, NLP aims to reduce or remove the unpleasant arousal that comes with the event.
Emotions are really just the perception of energy or sensations within the body. We may all know happiness, but will experience it differently. That is, we may both be happy right now, but the exact sensations and perceived energy flows will differ between us.
At this level, NLP sounds similar to mindfulness and other meditative practices. Putting aside the techno-speak language, it is about noticing what you are experiencing and taking not without judging.
Perhaps NLP, is just meditation or yoga for type-A geeks.
* Jeffries aimed his Speed Seduction courses at the less socially savvy guy. Putting his theories into practice, with its focus on subtle tonality, etc. does not seem the type of activity that would be easy for the less suave person. However, I am sure that many charmers, seducers, salesman, and politicians do use similar methods whether consciously or not.
Ross Jeffries is still around (15+ years later). Not much has changed since his days on Use Net