What is NLP?


Neuro: The nervous system (the mind), through which our experience is processed via five senses:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory

Linguistic: Language and other nonverbal communication systems through which our neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. Includes:

  • Pictures
  • Sounds
  • Feelings
  • Tastes
  • Smells
  • Words (Self Talk)

Programming: The ability to discover and utilize the programs that we run (our communication to ourselves and others) in our neurological systems to achieve our specific and desired outcomes.

What are some beliefs of NLP?

(This is a short list summarizing some of the thinking behind NLP)

  • People are not their behaviors. Accept the person; change the behavior
  • People have all the resources they need to succeed and achieve their desired outcomes
  • The meaning of the communication is the response you get
  • Everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have available
  • We are in charge of our minds and therefore our results
  • There is no failure, only feedback

When was NLP created?

NLP was initially created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler a student of mathmatics and gestalt therapy and John Grinder a Professor of Liguistics at The University of California Santa Cruz. They began modeling and duplicating the “magical results” of a few top communicators and therapists.

Some of the first people they studied included Hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, gestalt therapist Fritz Perls and family therapist Virginia Satir. Since then, many others have contributed to the growth and development of the field.

John Grinder and Richard Bandler, NLP Neurolinguistic Programming

John Grinder and Richard Bandler

Reference from nlp.com



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