Definition of Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP)
What is NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Propraming (NLP) is a communication model that was originally developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 1970s. John Grindler was a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California and Richard Bandler was a student of psychology. Together they studied three therapists who were at the top of their field. The therapists were Milton Erickson (a Hypnotherapist, Virginia Satir (a Family Therapist) and Fritz Pearls (a Psychotherapist and Gestalt Therapist). They were trying to find out why some people could effect changes within themselves very quickly and to then build a model that would allow others to build this excellence in behaviour and communication within themselves.
Many others have followed in their footsteps and have added to and enhanced their original model. NLP gives you the tools to not only enhance your own communication skills, both externally and internally, but it also allows you to quickly understand how others communicate. NLP also allows you to build instant rapport with others and to build strong relationships built on win/win outcomes. In the toolbox there is also a huge variety of tools to assist you in overcoming habits, tools to assist you in replacing strategies that don’t serve you well with new ones that work well and lead to enhancing your life. There are tools to help you have complete control over your internal state so that something like a lack of motivation or a tendency towards procrastination will never plague you again. There are tools to set goals and to achieve your desired outcomes, tools to model excellence in others and to install those behaviours in yourself, and so the long list goes on. The interesting thing is that the NLP tools are very flexible and can be used in a number of different ways.
NLP is being used in business, education and therapy all over the world and while it is not always referred to as NLP, many NLP techniques and practices are being adopted in mainstream business culture. Having the keys to the toolbox and knowing how to use the tools, empowers you in so many exciting ways.
NLP is the study of the brain (neuro), how we language things internally and externally (linguistic) to produce specific behaviours (programmes).
The NLP belief is that all behaviours, beliefs, values, strategies that determine your results (programmes) are changeable.
Essentially, NLP is the study of excellence in human communication and behaviour and how to replicate it.