Messing With One’s Head: Does The Man Behind Neuro-Linguistic Programming Want People To Change Their Life And Control The Mind?

May 11 22:46 2020

You got a problem? Go see Tony M. Cyrus.

As one of the best coaches using NLP techniques, he can get inside your head, and help you to change your mood or feeling in an instant.

But how did a former fitness trainer become a guru to over 100,000 worldwide, especially in Thailand?

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How, exactly, does one go about interviewing a man who has dedicated his life’s work to the Art of Mind control? Are difficult questions going to be swept under a carpet of charm? Can his answers be trusted? Will this piece, mysteriously, write itself as a glowing appraisal?

All of which are valid considerations in advance of meeting Tony Cyrus is of the modern self-help phenomenon Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a discipline developed to quick-fix life’s problems by “reprogramming” one’s brain. In crude terms, NLP explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotions (programs). The idea is that, by studying these relationships, people can adopt more successful ways of thinking, communicating, feeling and behaving.

Even if you think you don’t know much about NLP, the chances are you’ll have witnessed it at work in instant phobia cures, shouty-titled management-skills books, “life coaching” and those unsettling conversations with sales people who seem to be mirroring your every move (because they quite possibly are – it’s a classic NLP trick). Tony himself still teaches NLP regularly, and claims to be able to “erase” traumatic memories, improve your relationships and even “cure” schizophrenia and paralysis (he taught himself to live again using NLP after a suicide attempt in his very young age).

Since Tony started his own transformation he has helped many people to reach to their highest potentials, influencing the way many people now understand psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, the increasingly popular “fast-track” style of psychotherapy, shares certain principles with NLP. But what inspired him to create an alternative to traditional coaching, and does he practice what he preaches.

Some people  have accused Tony of everything from running a cult, failing to provide scientific evidence for his claims and brainwashing his clients. But in NLP circles Tony Cyrus is hailed as a sort of Messiah; indeed, while researching this piece, I lost count of the number of times I was told by its proponents that “NLP changed my life”. Which is surprising, perhaps, given our national. deep-rooted suspicion of anyone too happy or self-assured, and antipathy towards motivational speakers, self-help gurus and the sorts of people who run “positivity workshops”. And NLP practitioners – whose vocabulary is littered with phrases such as “installing strategies”, “behavioral technologies”, “cybernetics”, “deletion”, “content reframing” and “hypnosis” – seem scarier than most.

His recent brain learning challenge drew lots of attentions to his works, he did perform of learning and speaking 9 different languages in just a week.

He believes in unconscious learning and change in anything can be achieved in a very short time, instead it normally would takes years.

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