Source: E-mail dt. 4 September 2011


Techniques of NLP in reduction of Stress


R.Venkatesh B.E, MBA

Lecturer, Department of management Studies

SNT Global Academy for Management studies and Technology

Coimbatore, India.



Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to psychotherapy and organizational change based on the model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behavior and the subjective experiences of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people to change their patterns of mental and emotional behavior. The Stress plays a vital role in the human behavior that leads to various disorders and affect the human health. The cause of Stress is been through both external and internal environment that change the human function form normal to abnormal. NLP which helps in most of the modern corporate to keep their mental health nourished. The human assert is the vital role which leads to the improvement in the Industry.


NLP and Chronic stress


“The co-founders, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder, believed that NLP would be useful in "finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives” They coined the term "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" to emphasize their belief in a connection between the neurological processes.


Neuro – How we use our nervous system to experience the world around us. All the information that enters into our brain using our five senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.

Linguistic – How we use language and other non-verbal communication systems to interpret this information – pictures (is it focused and clear or hazy), sounds (is it a loud or quiet noise), touch (does it feel rough or smooth), smell (does it smell fresh as a daisy or is it an odour of decay), taste (does it taste too salty or too sweet).

Programming – Once we have interpreted all this information, we run programmes (often unconsciously) to get things done. We are not aware that we are running them; they are just part of our routine. For example, brushing our teeth twice a day, or washing our face, or our daily drive in to work. Using all the information in our mind we can find out what is in that programme. If there’s something that needs changing we can do so. For example if you can write presentations easily but get anxious about standing up and actually presenting, or you find it easy to talk to your boss informally but get nervous when you ask for a promotion or pay rise, or you play sports excellently for fun but always lose in competitions.


Stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives he or she has no control In humans, symptoms of chronic stress can vary from anxiety, depression, social isolation, headache, abdominal pain or lack of sleep to back pain and difficulty concentrating. Other symptoms include:

§  headache

§  anxiety

§  depression

§  aggression

§  intense mood swings

§  rash

§  loss of concentration / poor concentration

§  hypertension


Stress among Indian Population:


Total Indian Population

1,210,193,422 (1.21 billion)

Total Male Population in India

623,700,000 (623.7 million)

Total Female Population in India

586,500,000 (586.5 million)

0 to 25 years

50% of India's current population


57 % of corporate workers in India report increase in stress


Fifty-seven per cent of workers in the corporate sector in India reported an increase in stress over the last two years, a survey has said. Of over 11,000 corporate across 13 countries, 58 per cent companies worldwide experienced an appreciable rise in their workplace stress over the last two years, according to a survey by workplace solutions provider Regus plc.


The survey asked more than 11,000 respondents about their experience in the workplace during tough economic times.

It was found that Indian workers experienced a slightly lower rise in stress than their international counterparts, with 57 per cent reporting that their levels of stress have grown "higher" or "much higher" over the past two years.

The most significant stress hike in the countries surveyed occurred in China, with 86 per cent reporting an increase in stress. The lowest increase in stress was felt in the Netherlands, with 47 per cent reporting a rise.

A Regus statement said a study by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations found that India's rapid economic expansion has boosted corporate profits and employee incomes, but has also sparked a surge in workplace stress and lifestyle diseases that few Indian companies have addressed.

The survey said 45 per cent of Indian workers are particularly stressed by the increased focus on profitability that has arisen during the recession. In fact, this particular pressure is stressing out Indian employees more than workers in any of the other countries surveyed.

Another factor responsible for increasing workplace stress is the pressure to maintain excellent customer service: 33 per cent identified this as a major stress-causing factor. Company size has also had an influence on the level of stress increase experienced in recent years.

It was found that workers in mid-sized Indian companies (50-249 employees) have experienced a greater rise in workplace stress: 61 per cent of employees in mid-sized firms have reported higher levels of stress against 55 per cent of people in smaller businesses. This may be due to the potential for downsizing.

NLP Exercise practiced in reduction of Stress:

                Here are the techniques which is been practiced through NLP to reduce the stress in the organization among the employees. It’s been practiced to learn how to reduce and increase the performance and productivity in the organization. The below is the practicing methods which gave satisfactory results.


Compulsion Blow Out:


1)      Imagine in your mind the thing you have in to Stress.

2)      Notice where in space the image is.

3)      Is it in front of you, or to the side?

4)      How far away is it?

5)      How big is the picture?

6)      Now I want you to think of something that you are notcompulsive about, and using the following grids, compare their sub modalities


Firstly list the visual differences:


Visual Submodalities ( Write down the result )







Make the Image Dimmer


Make the Image Brighter



Move the Image Further Away


Move the Image Closer



Remove color from image (turn to B&W)


Enhance the Image Color



Blur the Image


Sharpen the Image



Make the image smaller


Make the image larger



Push the image off into the distance


Bring the image closer



Make the image still


Add movement to the image



Give the image a border


Make the image fill your view (panoramic)



Ensure that the picture is 'though your own eyes'


See yourself in the image




Auditory Sub modalities








Quieten the sounds within the memory


Increase the volume of the sounds within the memory.



Lower the tone of the sounds.


Increase the tone of the sounds.



Slow the sounds down.


Speed the sounds up.



Lower the pitch of the sounds.


Raise the pitch of the sounds.



Change the position in space, where the sound comes from. Try several positions and see what makes a difference.






Kinesthetic Submodalities






Location in Body

Move the feeling to different parts of your body





Decrease the weight of the feeling


Increase the weight of the feeling



Decrease the pressure of the feeling


Increase the pressure of the feeling



Decrease the pressure of the feeling


Increase the pressure of the feeling



2) NLP Swish Pattern

1)      Now, when you are happy with this representation, take the original un resourceful image and place a small dot in the center of it.

2)      This small dot is a very small copy of the second resourceful or happy image.

3)      Now, very quickly, and with a nice whooshing noise, expand the dot until it fills the whole original image.

4)      The positive image is now the only image you can see.

5)      Return to the first image, and keep performing this shift until you can perform it effortlessly.

6)      Once you have performed the shift 5 or 6 times, taking a moments break between each attempt, take another break, then think of performing the task that you struggled to be resourceful for.

7)      What image pops into your mind?  The Image which makes you positive right.




Neuro Linguistic Programming is a part of psychology towards the Human resource Management concentrating on functions of Neurons in brain with the factors that affect the behavior of the human in Internal and External force. The Stress factors which not only interfere on the working environment but also have an interpretation on quality of work life with the social environment. In the modern world to retain a good occupation health and family bounding surrounding the people should know how to cope with stressful situation in post stress. NLP will       




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2.      Lee Hotchkiss, 2007 "Handling Stress effectively."

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