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Hi John, I was interested to read that comment on learning styles. I never realised until recently there was a backlash kind of movement against some of the ideas generated from that corner.
I love the insights that learning styles and preferences offer. My feeling is that everyone is different, and not that any of us are hardwired at all (as the quotee also suggests) but that through lots of factors could end up leaning towards specific approaches and getting more benefit from them.
E.g. I am less into the 'audio' (listening) - I can drift off very, very, very (too) easily [snooze] into a world of my own if someone is talking at me or I am in a lecture. But if a mix of visuals and stimulating, engaging conversation, which I am *really* involved in is used, with a bit of audio thrown in to emphasise some main points, I really switch on.
I know some people though who really just love to sit down and read (another form of visual text obviously).
I prefer one-to-one or small groups, but I know others who like to get lost in a big crowd or just go it completely alone...
I think there *is* something in learning styles, but that it should be used by learning technologists and educational facilitators to make sure they are adept at catering to different audiences and switching between modes for various people, and that all educational materials should be made available in all modes so that no-one misses out and so that all education and training and learning opportunities can maximise opportunities to reach the parts that Victorian classrooms would never reach :-)

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When using NLP to change longterm beliefs is it normal to experience anxiety?
I have started using NLP techniques to try and change negative self-beliefs that I have held for years, but I seem to be experiencing a rather strange sort of inner conflict since I have started...like heightened anxiety rather than lowered. It is almost as if all my negative beliefs know they are under attack and are surfacing with full force in the face of the new positive. Has anyone else experienced this?

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The findings of the latest research show that NLP is rated as discredited by neuroscientists and psychologists who practice and teach at university level. NLP is in a top ten most discredited interventions:


(the Norcross et al research (2006,2008)

Its also used as a prime example of pseudoscience for teaching undergrads the difference between science and pseudoscience so they can avoid cults, mind traps and mind myths (as above, and eg:


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S. S. Trevor

It should not surprise you that NLP has been sicredited by neuroscientists and psychologists....


they do not want the competition! Truth be told NLP is superior to their old outdated way of thinking.

To be honest, in todays fast moving society information is changing too quickly to even make college text books up to date with the most recent and relevant materials.

I would not be surprised at all to find colleges a thing of the past by 2025.

After reading the link that was posted above


I have to say that NLP is where it is at!

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