Neuro-Linguistic Programming, more commonly known as NLP, was specifically created by Richard Bandler and John Grindler in order to allow us to do magic by creating new ways of understanding how verbal and non-verbal communication affect the human brain. As such it presents us all with the opportunity to not only communicate better with others, but also learn how to gain more control over what we consider to be automatic functions of our own neurology.
Put very simply, NLP is an attitude, methodology and technology which teaches people how to improve the quality of their lives. It is an education tool that teaches people how to communicate more effectively with themselves and with others. It is designed to help people have personal freedom and to positively improve the way they think, feel and hear.
NLP stands for;
Neuro – stands for nervous system through which experience is received and processed through the five senses – visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory and gustatory (VAKOG). We experience the world through our five senses and translate sensory information into thought processes which activate the neurological system, which, in turn, affects physiology, emotions and behaviour.
Linguistic – Put simply, linguistic refers to our language and communications systems, both verbal and non-verbal. It is the language and non-verbal communication systems through which neural representations are coded, ordered and given meaning. It refers to the language we use and how we use it to capture and conceptualise experience and then to communicate that experience to others. It’s also concerned with the ways in which the kind of language we use influences our experience.
Programming – Programming refers to the way in which we process all this information and create our realities of the world. It is the ability to organize our communication and neurological systems to achieve specific desired goals and results. This refers to the persistent patterns of behaviour that we learn and repeat. Our personal programming consists of our internal process and strategies (thinking patterns) that we use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and create results. NLP is concerned with showing people how to recode their experience and organise their internal programming so that they can generate the outcomes that they want instead of the outcomes that they don’t want.
NLP is technically not a form of therapy – Therapy asks WHY? Whereas NLP asks HOW? But it can bring about such incredible change that it can feel like a therapy. NLP does not even need to know what the client’s problem is in order to fix it whereas therapy will usually try to discover the nature of the problem and also its underlying and, often, unconscious cause, or causes
From the moment we are born, everything around us has help to create who we are today – the influence of our family, our friends, the environment, our cultures, our personalities and genetics and the experiences that we encounter as we grow up have all had their part to play in how we have created the reality that we are living now. Unfortunately though, our thoughts, beliefs, the language we use and our way of being quite often have been negatively influenced and we are not living the life that we want.
NLP gives us a set of tools to bring about positive change, achieve goals and start living our lives in the way that we really want to, as opposed to the way we have previously been taught. It helps us to utilise our own inner resources and effect change for ourselves. NLP enables us to see the world around us with a different perspective, to identify limiting beliefs or patterns that may be holding us back and to reprogram our minds to live to the best life possible.
The NLP’s practitioner’s intention is to help their client to enrich their model of the world and to restructure their experience in such a way as to enhance choice and techniques used include the use of Eye Accessing, Timelines, Visualisation techniques such as the Swish, Reframing, Calibration and Anchors and Triggers.