What is NLP?
NLP stands for 'Neuro Lingusitic Programming' and has been around since 1970's when its co-founders, Richard Bandler and John Grinder first modelled other therapists.
NLP is frequently known as the "users manual for your mind" and studying NLP gives us insights into how our thinking patterns can effect every aspect of our lives.
It looks at the way in which we think and process our thoughts (Neuro), the language patterns we use (Linguistic) and our behaviours (Programming) and how these interact to have a positive (or negative) effect on us as individuals.
NLP is a collection of a wide range of methods and models which create an understanding of thought process and behaviour. Understanding these techniques can bring about a positive change in you and others.
The co-creators of NLP defined NLP as follows:
"NLP is an attitude which is an insatiable curiosity about human beings with a methodology that leaves behind it a trail of techniques." Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP)
"The strategies, tools and techniques of NLP represent an opportunity unlike any other for the exploration of human functioning, or more precisely, that rare and valuable subset of human functioning known as genius." John Grinder (co-creator of NLP)
How Could NLP Help Me?
NLP is a set of tools which can be used to facilitate powerful, quick and long lasting change in both individuals and organisations.
It is an extremely flexible tool kit and can used for a variety of different issues:
- Anxiety and stress
- Arts and creativity
- Fears and phobias
- Health and wellbeing
- Health professionals
- Personal change
- Presentation skills
What NLP is not...
To give you a crystal clear picture of what it is it may be useful to understand something about what NLP is not.
Because many of the original NLP models derived from modelling therapists such as Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, NLP can be perceived as a therapy.
NLP is not:
If an NLP Professional has specific qualifcations in any of these fields in addition to their NLP, they may use their NLP to enhance and complement their therapeutic qualifications.
During the training to become an NLP Practitioner we practised the techniques on each other so that we could understand how to complete them and also experience the changes that can be made.
Personally I have done a lot of self development and healing in the last few years and a couple of the NLP techniques have, for me, been life changing. Literally turned things around that I've been battling for years!