One of the principle presuppositions of NLP is that “it is more often valuable to change the structure of an experience rather than the content of that experience”.
Or in other words NLP is interested in HOW we do something and not WHY we do it. Traditional psychology (in particular psychotherapy) works on the principle that if we understand why we do something we will be able to control and alter that behaviour. NLP asserts that we don’t need to know why we do something in order to change it, therefore cutting out a step in the process, hence the reason it has become known as “brief therapy”.
The advantage of knowing HOW something is done rather than WHY is that you can manipulate that behaviour much more easily. Meaning you can improve, learn and teach new skills much more efficiently and quickly. This is why NLP has become so popular in the teaching and training professions. The thing I don’t understand is that NLP has had demonstrable success in this area and yet is still widely underused and out on the fringes.