The NLP Angle – “The Untold Story of MS Dhoni”

by | Oct 15, 2016 | W3 Blog | 7 comments

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is indeed all pervasive. Having spent almost a decade in the study of this fascinating and enchanting field of NLP, I personally find it unnatural not to relate anything around me with NLP.

Even while watching the recent movie on MS Dhoni, I was constantly relating to the power of NLP in almost every scene. Some examples are illustrated below –

  1. Dhoni is shown to be in complete control of his emotional state at all times – even when the love of his life departs from him or even when he is informed by his excited friends about his selection in the Indian 11.
  2. Dhoni is shown to be in Cause mode all the time, and never in the Effect mode. – He takes the initiative by approaching his coach to allow him to open the innings for the first time in a match against a tough opponent.
  3. There is no failure, only feedback! Dhoni celebrates the day he is not selected in the team (which his well wishers consider as a failure), so that he can always remember the lesson (feedback).
  4. Power of metaphor – In the bike repair scene, Dhoni is shown opening up his bike and repairing it; and while doing so, he recalls the moments of his game of cricket and a realisation dawns on his face that his team needs a repairing too.
  5. A particular friend of Dhoni (Chittu) is shown to be in Effect mode at all times rather than being in Cause mode. This person constantly finds an external locus of control to explain any situation – whether good or bad.
  6. Another friend who comes to meet Dhoni from Kharagpur to his hotel in Kolkata can’t digest the fact that the stewardess is wearing a very short dress. Dhoni very politely responds by saying that he will look into it, thereby respecting his model of the world.
  7. Dhoni tells his friends about the defeat in Bihar vs Punjab cricket match against Yuvaraj Singh – “pata hai hum match kaha haare? – cricket stadium mein nahi, basketball court mein” – when his team players were in already in awe of Yuvaraj the previous night – Perception is projection.

There were certainly many more scenes which could be related to the principles of NLP. This only reconfirms the view that NLP is not just a modality but it is a way of thinking and a way of living life to the fullest!

Please feel free to add your observations or analysis of any scenes from this move in the comments section below.


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  6. Akshaya

    Wow! That’s incredible… How one winner uses NLP in life and another brings it to us in various ways…
    Thank you so much…

    • Kay

      Amazing observations. He ALWAYS seems so calm, stable and grounded, I refer to him as Mt. Everest. And I haven’t paid attention to his eye cues, but it’s possible he might be accessing a lot of Visual Create, his strategies have always been so out-of-the-box.


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