Compulsions are a normal part of human functioning. Some compulsions are healthy and useful (such as a compulsion to exercise), some are not. For some people it’s chocolates, for some it’s about hoarding particular things. One client of mine was compelled to eat two-thirds of a loaf of white bread everyday after work. Another client was compelled to count on his fingers when he felt nervous.

Mainstream psychologists often label such problems as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). To the NLP way of thinking, these compulsive behaviours have a sequence and a structure: repetitive intrusive thoughts, irresistible feelings of compulsion (often associated with an overwhelming anxiety), leading to the action, usually followed by guilt or shame.

But what is it about the way you think about it that makes it so compelling? The anticipation of pleasure? Irresistibly gorgeous mental imagery? Or a fear of the consequences if you don’t do a particular thing (washing hands to remove dirt or bacteria, checking and rechecking every window lock before leaving the house)?

All of these processes can be worked out and changed. How you do that is different for different people. Whatever the nature of the obsession or compulsion, you can change and free yourself of it. My usual approach is to figure out the structure of the problem (the particular automatic processes you go through in order to ‘do’ the compulsion) and then apply the appropriate NLP techniques to scramble this pattern and help you develop a new relationship with the object of compulsion or obsessive behaviour.

Feel free to contact me and I will happily discuss your situation and whether my approach may be able to help.