The Phobia Paradigm in Neurolinguistic Programming

  • Karen Rempel


At the heart and core of Ericksonian therapy and therefore of the NLP model is the assumption that the patient has within his own personal history all of the resources and learnings he needs to resolve his current difficulties. Erickson was often heard to say to his patients, “your unconscious contains a vast storehouse of learnings, memories and resources”1. He believed that even clients with the most deprived and impoverished backgrounds had experiences that could serve as the raw materials for creating and developing new resources to assist them in meeting their present needs. He further believed that each and every experience, no matter how painful, could serve as an asset and foundation for learning.


School Ground Intense Fear Associative Link Current Difficulty Childhood Sexual Trauma 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Rempel
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  1. 1.Alberta Children’s HospitalCalgaryCanada

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