Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • N stands for Neuro:
    The neurological system regulates how our bodies function,
  • L stands for Linguistic:
    How we communicate and are communicated with both verbally and non-verbally,
  • P stands for Programming:
    Our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create.

They are the three most important components involved in producing our experience.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).

NLP was created and developed in the early 1970's by Dr Richard Bandler and John Grinder. They studied the most effective therapists at that time together and formulated a methodology whereby they began to understand how these successful therapists were so effective and efficient and how to model other elements of human behaviour excellence.

One of the NLP fundamental presuppositions:

The Map is Not the Territory.

We can never know reality. We can only know our perceptions of reality. We experience and respond to the world through our sensory representational systems. It is our 'neuro-linguistic' maps of reality that decide how we behave and that give those behaviors meaning, not reality itself. Hence, it is not reality that limits us, but rather our map of reality.

NLP can help us to create the richest map possible. The people who are most effective & resourceful are the ones who have a map that allows them to perceive the greatest number of available choices and perspectives.

NLP is a way of enriching the choices that we have and perceive as available in the world around us. When we can let us enrich our choices and perspectives, we can embrace wisdom and excellence!

NLP's modeling: By modeling the patterns, it is possible to replicate an expert’s intuitive application of their skill or their unique formula for achieving excellence. This replication can transfer from one discipline or skill set to another unrelated discipline or skill set. (for instance, transferring skills sets from the performing arts to a business application) Replication can also be successfully applied from applications within disciplines - such as from one successful company to another.

Importantly NLP also allows people to adapt the skills of others who they recognize as role models in their area of expertise. These people have excelled through naturally created patterns of excellence and repeated and refined them with consistent positive results. NLP allows people to define and contextualize the strategies, techniques and physiology used by their role-models to achieve excellence.

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a set of psychological tools that help us how to live more happily, how to become more motivated, more energized, how to communicate, influence and convince more easily and thus we can improve ourselves in any area of life. Whether you are in a health-related field, counseling, psychotherapy, education, management, sales, leadership, parenting, public speaking, or any other profession – these powerful techniques will help you both professionally and personally!

NLP is the study of the structure of subjective experience.

Dr Richard Bandler & John Grinder (1980)

NLP is an accelerated learning strategy for the detection and utilization of patterns in the world.

Judith DeLozier and John Grinder (1987)

NLP is a about an attitude and a methodology which leaves behind a trail of techniques.

Richard Bandler

We think of NLP as a field that explores the patterns and organisation of effective human intuition.

Chris Collingwood & Jules Collingwood. (2001).

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a meta discipline which focuses on the discovery and coding of patterns which distinguish the most capable of practitioners of some particular discipline (managerial practice, medical practice, sports, therapy...) from the average practitioner. These distinguishing patterns are the substance of NLP.

Dr John Grinder

NLP could be the most important synthesis of knowledge about human communications to emerge since the sixties.

Science Digest

NLP offers the potential for making changes without the usual agony that accompanies these phenomena' and that it 'allows for increasing options, flexibility, creativity and therefore greater freedom of action than most of us know.

Training and Development Journal

It has metamorphosed into an all-purpose self-improvement program & technology.

Times Magazine