The effectiveness of neurolinguistic programming techniques in reducing behavioral, emotional, and physiological problems

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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Subject Categories

Counseling Psychology


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Imelda V. G. Villar

Defense Panel Chair

Salud P. Evangelista

Defense Panel Member

Rose Marie Salazar-Clemena
Conchita V. Umali
Estrellita V. Gruenberg
Natividad A. Dayan


This study was primarily conducted to determine the effectiveness of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) technique namely: anchoring, unconscious reframing, and new behavior generator in reducing the behavioral, emotional, physiological problems of Filipino high school students. The study uses the case study design which focuses on the individual. The study was replicated once. The treatments used included the 3 NLP techniques. Two clients, determined by drawlots were assigned for each of the treatment. Process measures included recall on postsession interview, written report of positive and negative events, and rating of counselor's verbal communication collected immediately after the intervention. Outcome measures include the subjective and objective measures. Subjective measures are Improvement Rating Scales, and the oral and written reports of the clients, their significant others, and counselor. These were gathered one day, one week, one month, and three months after therapy. Objective measure include, the Filipino Self-Appraisal Inventory (FSAI) which was administered before treatment and at the end of 3 months. Initial interview with the client was conducted, followed by another interview a week later.

Clients were subjected to their respective treatment one week after the administration of FSAI. Tagalog language was the main medium of communication during the intervention and treatment process. Anchoring was used for the first 2 clients during the first day Unconscious Reframing to the next 2 clients on the second day and the new behavior generator was used to the last 2 clients on the third day. Counseling therapy for 10 to 20 minutes was done in the morning. Postsession interview, rating of counselor's verbal communication patterns, and written report of positive and negative events that happened followed immediately after therapy/counseling. Follow-up interviews was conducted on the clients' progress. During these periods, significant others and counselor provided observations of the clients' behavior. The results showed that clients subjected to the 3 different treatments manifested positive changes in their behavioral, emotional and physiological functioning. However, relapse was observed on one client subjected to anchoring. Changes were not very visible on the first day after the treatment. It can be said that the adapted version of NLP technique namely: anchoring, unconscious reframing, and new behavior generator was equally effective in reducing the problematic, emotional, and physiological symptoms. The degree of improvement observed on the clients as a result of the treatment varied with individuals.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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288 leaves, 28 cm.


Neurolinguistic programming; Psychotherapy; Behavior disorders in adolescence

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